IPC SEC. 354 - ASSAULT OR CRIMINAL FORCE TO WOMAN WITH INTENT TO OUTRAGE HER MODESTY

Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, [shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to five years, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENCE

Punishment - Imprisonment of 1 year which may extend to 5 years, and with fine - Cognizable - Non-Bailable - Triable by any Magistrate - Non-compoundable

 

STATE AMENDMENT

Andhra Pradesh:- The following section shall be subs. Namely,-

"354. Assault or criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than five years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine:

Provided that the Court may, for adequate and special reasons to be mentioned in the judgment, impose a sentence of imprisonment of either description for a term which may be less than five years, but which shall not be less than two years," Vide A.P. Act 6 of 1991

 

CASELAW

Outraging modesty of lady I.A.S Officer. Allegations against top cop police officer, Quashing FIR illegal. AIR 1996 SC 309. Section 354 & Section 3 (1) (XI) of SC ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. 2004 (1) SCC 215. Ingredients - 2004 (1) SCC 215. Outraging modesty of woman. AIR 2005 SC 3104; 2005 (12) SCC 485; AIR 2005 SC 643