Bharti Vs. State of Haryana & Anr.

Bharti Vs. State of Haryana & Anr.
Compounding – Outraging modesty of women – Allowed
Criminal Appeal No.509 of 2014 [Arising out of Special Leave Petition (Crl.) No.371 of 2014]-Decided on 27-2-2014.
We are of the opinion that since the appellant and respondent No. 2 are neighbours it would be in the interest of justice to permit the parties to compound the offences. If the conviction is confirmed, the relations may get strained and the peace, which is now prevailing between the two families, may be disturbed. In the peculiar facts of this case, therefore, in order to accord quietus to the disputes between the appellant and respondent No. 2 and in the larger interest of peace, we permit the appellant and respondent No. 2 to compound the offences. Accordingly, offences under Sections 451 and 354 of the IPC are permitted to be compounded. The impugned judgment is set aside. The appellant is acquitted. The appellant-Bharti is in jail. The appellant-Bharti should be released forthwith, unless he is required in any other case…readmore