The acts of ‘holding the hands of the prosecutrix’, or ‘opened zip of the pant’, as has been allegedly witnessed by the prosecution witness, in the opinion of this court, does not fit in the definition of ‘sexual assault’.
That’s a Bombay High Court judge who overturned the sentence of a man convicted of sexual assault of a five-year old—and set him free for time served on the charge of sexual harassment. Her mother had testified that she witnessed the man holding her daughter’s hand, with his pants unzipped—and the child later told her that he had exposed himself. This is the very same judge who recently ruled that groping the breast of a child—without ‘skin-to-skin’ contact—fails to meet the definition of assault.
A make-or-break moment for farmers
The TLDR: In the wake of the Republic Day violence, the government shifted into high gear—seizing the moment to unleash multiple efforts to clamp down on the disoriented and disheartened protesters. And it looked as though they would succeed—except one union leader’s tearful outburst on television revived the farmers’ lost josh. The events of the past 24 hours reveal a movement at a critical tipping point that will determine its fate.
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