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Madhya Pradesh: High Court pulls up judge for denying bail to Muslim youth

30, Jul 2015

The plea said the lower court judge invoked a communal reason that was not part of the original chargesheet.
A lower court judge’s reasoning behind denial of bail to a Muslim youth, accused of molesting a Hindu woman, has earned the wrath of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, which now wants the bail order placed before the Chief Justice of High Court “for suitable directions”.
In his order on June 20, Alirajpur Additional Sessions Judge J L Rathore had observed that the “(molestation) accused knew that the victim is a Hindu and does not belong to his religion. Despite being a Muslim he has indulged in the act of sexual harassment. This act has the potential to increase communalism (sampradayikta)’’.
The Muslim youth, a minor student, was arrested on June 24 after he allegedly caught hold of a woman, dragged her to a computer centre and tried to molest her, as per the complaint filed against him.


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