New Delhi, March 8: On the eve of International Women’s Day, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor proposed a bill in the Lok Sabha seeking to make stalking a non-bailable offence.
Tharoor further stated that Home Minister Rajnath Singh has accepted the proposal.
“Stalking is an offence but is not non-bailable, I have proposed to make it a non-bailable offence. Home Minister has sympathetically accepted it. There’s no political argument in this, it’s for the welfare of women,” Tharoor told media after the Budget Session.
Under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, stalking is a punishable offence under Section 354D of the IPC, with imprisonment of up to three years for first-time offenders.
However, according to this Act first offence of stalking is “bailable”, implying the accused need not be produced before the court for seeking bail.