Delhi high court: It’s time to punish people filing a false sexual harassment case

The Delhi High Court recently stated that the moment has arrived to take action on people who file malicious complaints under Sections 354, 354A of the Indian Penal Code, etc. for malicious intent, as it levied costs of Rs. 30,000 on parties trying to quash FIRs filed for the same offenses after reaching a settlement (Liashram vs State).

False accusations tarnish a person’s reputation, according to a single-judge bench led by Justice Subramonium Prasad, and measures should be taken against these petitioners.

The Court went on to say that filing FIRs under Sections 354, 354A, 354B, 354C, and 354D of the IPC was “becoming a pattern,” resulting in the police wasting time on the case.

The Court took the serious reference to the fact that the police force was severely hampered, compromising investigations into serious crimes.

Two cross FIRs for offenses under Sections 509, 506, 323, 341, 354, 354A, and 34 IPC was sought to be quashed in this case.

The parties eventually resolved their clash with the help of some mutual friends, acquaintances, and family members. The Court observed, labeling it a “classic example” of how baseless Section 354 and 354A charges are leveled against one another by the parties.

The Court determined that the criminal proceedings would add no value in light of the mutual settlement reached between parties.

Despite this, the Court fined both petitioners Rs. 30,000 and warned them not to file any further false or frivolous cases in the future.

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