Harassment, Public Service Vehicle, Eve Teasing

The following Act of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Asser~iblyreceived the assent of the
I Governor on the 9th November 2002 and is hereby published for general information:–
ACT No.53 OF 2002.
I An Act to crmend the Tatnil Narltr Prohihitiort ($Eve-tecrsing Act. 1998.
Bi ~t enacted by the Legislative A~semblyof the State of Tamil Nad .I in the Fifty-third Year
of the Republic of India as follows:-

  1. (1) This Act may be called tlle I’*il.;l Nadu prohibition of Harassment of Short title
    Won~an(Amendment)Act, 2002.
    (2)It shall come into forc: on such date as the State Government may, by notification, ~ement.
    AII Na, 2. In the Tamil Nadu Prohibit~onof Eve-teasing Act, 1998 (hereinafter referred to as the Amendment
    ct44 ~f principal Act), in the long title, fbr the expression “eve-teasing”, the expression “harassment of of 10% title.
    1098 woman” shall be substituted.
  2. In section 1 of the principal Act, in sub-section (I), for the expression “Eve-teasing”, the Amendment
    of section 1.
    of section 2.
    of section 3.
  3. In section 2 of the principal Act, for clause (8). the following clause shall be substituted, Amendment
    expression “Harassment of Woman” shall be substituted.
    of section 4.
    “(a) “harassment” means any indecent conduct or act by a man which causes or is likely
    to cause intimidation, fear, shame or embarrassment, including abusing or causing hurt or
    nuisance or assault or use of force.”.
  4. In section 3 of the principal Act,-
    (1) in the marginal heading, forthe expression “eve-teasing”, the expression”harassment
    of woman” shall be substituted;
    (2) for the expression “Eve-teasing”, the expression “Harassment of woman” shall be
  5. For section 4 of the principal Act, the following section sliall be substituted, namely:-
    “4. Penaltyfor hassment of woman.-Whoever commits or participates in or abets harassment of woman in or within the precincts of any educational institution, temple or other place of worship, bus stop, road, railway station, cinema theatre, park, beach, place of festival, public service vehicle or vessel or any otherplace shallbe punished with imprisonment foraterm which may extend to three years and with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees.”. ?. After section 4 of the principal Act, the following sections shall be inserted, namely :- Insertion of new sections 4-A, 4-9 and 4-C. “4-A. Harrrssnlent death.–( 1) Where the death of a woman is caused by bodily injury or occurs otherwise than under normal circun~stancesand if it is shown that soon before her death, she was subjected to harassnlerlt or that in respect of her an offence under section 294, 354 or 509 of the Indian Penal Code (Central Act XLV of 1860)was committed, such death shall be called harassment death (2) Notwithstanciing anything contained in section 4, whoever commits harassment death and if the act by which the death is caused,– (i) is done with the intentio~iofcausingdeathorofca~rsingsrrcllbodily injury as is likely to cause death, shall be pimished with iaiprisonn~entof either description for a tern1 which nnyextend to inp~isonnrntTor liti and with fit!e which slull twt be less tlun fitbtlio~ld nqxes ;
    (ii) is done with knowledge that it is likely to cause death but without any
    intention to cause death or such bodily ill-juryas is likely to cause dcatli, shall be punished wit11 a tern1 \vliich 111aycxtrnd to tcn years and with fine wliicll
    ,Ii;il! 11ot he less ~lianliliy tliousantl riipces ;

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