Street Harassment Punishment is… Sweeping?

Gandhi Hospital in India. Photo credit: panoramio.com

Gandhi Hospital in India. Photo credit: panoramio.com

In Hyderabad, India, a young man accused of street harassment (pulling on the scarves of two young women walking by from a motorcycle) has been sentenced to sweeping a government-run hospital (named Gandhi Hospital) one hour a day, for one month. “He is allowed to choose the hour according to his convenience.”

The escort of the two young women filed a complaint with the police, who then registered the case against the men (there were two harassers though the fate of the second man wasn’t disclosed in the article) “under section 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code against Kumar.” And then Justice B. Chandrakumar sentenced the young man to sweeping the hospital as punishment.

What do you think about this punishment for street harassment? Too much? Too little? Too weird? Creative?

(Thanks to b for the tip)

One Response to Street Harassment Punishment is… Sweeping?

  1. Margaret says:

    It’s nice to see punishment being handed down, athough if I were a patient in that hospital, I’m not sure I’d want a street harasser sweeping the floor outside my door.

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