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Sexually Provocative Dress- HC Stays Sessions Court Order, District Judge S Krishnakumar transferred to Kollam Labor Court

The Kerala Judge who Granted writer and activist Civic Chandran anticipatory bail has been transferred. While stating the order He made a controversial observation that “ sexual harassment case will not prima facie stand if the woman was wearing a sexually provocative dress” 

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday, in the plea moved by the State Government challenging the anticipatory bail granted to the author and social activist Civic Chandran in a sexual harassment case, has stayed the order of the Sessions Court granting bail

Justice Kauser Edappagath remarked that the observation of the lower under Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is not prima facie attracted when the woman was wearing sexually provocative dresses’ cannot be justified.

Transfer order was issued to four district court judges, including Kozhikode district judge S Krishnakumar, who made the controversial remark.

The transfer order was issued by the administrative section of the Kerala High Court. The Kerala High Court has decided to transfer S Krishnakumar from Kozhikode to Kollam Labor Court as a presiding officer. S Muralikrishna, District Judge of Manjeri will take charge in Kozhikode and C Pradeepkumar Ernakulam Additional District Judge will take the position of District Judge of Manjeri.

Writer and activist Civic Chandan is accused of making sexual advances to the defacto plaintiff, a young writer. He had tried to offend the modesty at the Nadi Beach camp. He then approached the court to seek bail and submitted certain photographs of the woman. 

Judge granted him bail on August,12 for the fact that the 74-year-old disabled defendant forced the de facto applicant onto her lap and strangled her. 

The Judge further stated that sparked massive outrage on social media, prompting the Kerala government to ask the High Court to challenge the order, while the Court of Inquiry found it plagued with illegality, insensitivity, moderation and perversion. 

Vanshika Jaiswal
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