Mumbai HC Slaps Rs 25 Lakh Fine On Woman Entrepreneur For Threatening To File Fake Molestation Case
The Logical Indian Crew Maharashtra
January 31st, 2019 / 12:12 PM
Image Credit: Hindustan Times
To curb down the misuse of gender protection laws, the Bombay high court recently imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on a woman and her husband, reported the Mirror Now. Neha Gandhir, an entrepreneur from Haryana, had a fight with Mumbai-based Sapat and Company over trademark infringement. After this, Neha Gandhir, a proprietor of Feel Good India threatened to file a false molestation case against them.
When The Times Of India reported that Justice S Kathawalla said it has been noticed quite a several time that cases of misuse of their rights by people have become a common practice. He also said that this kind of cases leave male/s facing grossly wrong and derogatory charges, which they have to thereafter defend themselves against. He also said that this kind of cases needs to be sternly dealt with and such practices should be condemned.
“A fit of rage is no excuse”
Gandhir later explained that she did not mean what she said and it came out because she lost her cool. Her lawyer sought leniency pointing that she was a young entrepreneur with two children. Gandhir accepted that she had snatched the photographic equipment brought by the court receiver. The court receiver was asked by the High Court to seize goods from Feel’s Good’s factories on December 21, 2018, after the Sapat and Company had filed a case of trademark infringement against the company. Gadhir lost her cool and snatched the equipment that was used to record the loading of goods and later threatened to file a false molestation case.
Court shows no mercy
The HC refused to provide any inclination towards Gandhir and said that if such abhorrent behaviour is not punished who “knowingly, grossly abuses the law and later tries to justify by blaming it in a fit of rage”, the court will cater a negative message to the general public. The judge also said that such conduct might deter court officials from executing orders against women.
Written by : Debarghya Sil
Edited by : Bharat Nayak