Kissing a minor in India can be a serious offense and can result in jail time. This was recently highlighted by the Bombay High Court, which granted bail to a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor boy. The court observed that kissing on lips and fondling are not unnatural offences under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The case in question involved a man who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor boy. The accused was arrested and charged with offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. He then filed a bail application in the Bombay High Court.
The court noted that the accused had only kissed the minor on the lips and fondled him, and that these acts did not constitute unnatural offences under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The court further observed that the accused had no intention of committing a sexual offence and that the act was done out of affection.
The court also noted that the accused had no prior criminal record and had been in custody for more than three months. Taking into account all these factors, the court granted bail to the accused.
The Bombay High Court’s decision is a reminder that kissing a minor in India can be a serious offence. It is important to remember that any kind of sexual contact with a minor is illegal and can result in jail time. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the laws and to respect the rights of minors.