It was observed by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court that throwing a chit proclaiming love for a married woman amounts to outraging her modesty. Hearing a plea filed by a married woman, the HC imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the accused while directing him to pay an additional Rs 35,000 to the victim as compensation.
The woman had registered an FIR against her neighbor, who is a grocery shop owner, and accused him of throwing a note proclaiming his love at her.
The woman contended that on October 3, 2011, the accused had approached her while she was washing utensils and tried to hand her a chit.
When she refused to accept the chit, the accused threw the chit at her and left whispering I love you.
The next day, the accused allegedly made improper gestures and warned her not to reveal the contents of the chit to anyone. The woman also claimed that before this incident, the accused used to flirt with her on many occasions and used to throw small pebbles at her. The police had registered an FIR under sections 354 (outraging modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (insult of a woman by words) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).