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Despite increased media scrutiny of violence against women after the Dec. 16 gang rape case, such incidents continue to be reported in and around New Delhi — now holder of the infamous title, “India’s rape capital.”
It’s unfair to expect women to no longer step outside their homes, but it’s best to be prepared. Carry pepper spray. Take a self-defence course. Learn kickboxing or Krav Maga. Most importantly, be aware of your legal rights.
Here’s a look at some of these laws in the Constitution, the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)
For word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (Section 509 IPC)
Punished by simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or fine, or both.