Sexual Offences


Crimes against Women Identified under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) include:

  • Rape, including intercourse by a man with his wife during separation without her consent and intercourse by persons in positions of power such as the public servants, superintendents of jails, staff of hospitals, etc. with persons in their custody or care (Sec. 376)
  • Homicide for Dowry, Dowry Deaths or Attempts (Sec. 302/304 –B)
  • Molestation (Sec.354)
  • Kidnapping and Abduction for Different Purposes (Sec. 363-373)
  • Kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc. (Sec. 366-B)
  • Selling or buying minors for purposes of prostitution (Sec. 372 and 373)
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Torture both Mental and Physical (Sec.498-A)

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Sexual Harassment – Referred to in the past as eve teasing (Sec. 509)

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 – This act was enacted to protect children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography and provide for establishment of Special Courts for trial of such offences and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.


The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012


Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 – This act was passed to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.


Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013


Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 – This act was passed to prohibit indecent representation of women through advertisements or in publications, writings, paintings, figures, or in any other manner and for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.


Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 – An Act to provide in pursuance of the International Convention signed at New York on the 9th day of May, 1950, for the prevention of immoral traffic.


Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987 – An Act to provide for the more effective prevention of the commission of sati and its glorification and for matters connected herewith or incidental thereto.

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