Calling a man “impotent” will amount to defamation: Bombay HC

Bombay HC in its verdict said that calling a man “impotent” will invite criminal proceedings


The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Sunday observed in its order that calling a man as “impotent” amounts to defamation and a case can be registered as well. 

A woman based from Andhra Pradesh filed an application for divorce and mentioned her husband’s impotency. As this happened, the man filed a complaint against his wife for defamation and under section 500 and 506 of Indian Penal Code. Later, the woman challenged the same in Bombay HC. 

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While rejecting the plea filed by the woman to cancel the criminal proceedings initiated against her after her husband lodged a complaint, Bombay HC observed that usage of the word “impotent” and similar labels constitutes to the offence of defamation. 

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