23-year old convicted and sentenced to one year of rigorous imprisonment

The youth was convicted for the 2016 'dupatta snatching' case, which happened in Chembur

23-year old convicted and sentenced to one year of rigorous imprisonment
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A magistrate's court has convicted a 23-year old and sentenced him to one year of rigorous imprisonment for snatching a dupatta of a Chembur woman in 2016.

The court said that the offence has directly affected the life and right to privacy of the woman. The court declined his release, which was based on a bond of good behaviour.

Magistrate Sharad S Pardeshi said that the woman was not at fault, and her dupatta was snatched in a public place.  The convict was also fined Rs. 5,000.

The incident took on March 24, 2016. The woman was out with her grandmother since it was Holi and the accused came on a motorcycle from behind, honking loudly. He then snatched her dupatta, and when she started to protest, he started abusing her.

She informed her husband about the same, and they approached the police station to complain.

With the help of her husband's friend, who was present at the spot, the woman identified the accused. The convict was from the same neighbourhood.

As per reports, the court said that if this behaviour is viewed leniently under the Probation of Offenders Act, it will send a wrong message to society.

The court further said that if any leniency is shown to the convict, it may instigate him to commit a similar offence to the women.

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