Moral Policing

Moral policing, a phrase being used to name those groups of people who have assumed self proclaimed responsibilities to improve the cultural and ethnic style of living and also to become our moral guardians. The Mangalore incident and a series of other such incidents show how this phenomenon is becoming prevalent in our country. The guarantees of liberty and freedom of expression as enshrined in our constitution have started to seem meaningless under the black shadows of such actions which now have become a regular on the newspapers of our country.

A typical evening at “Amnesia: The Lounge”, a pub in Mangalore in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, turned into a nightmare for a few young women on January 24. As television news grabs later showed, in an incident as bizarre as it could be, they were chased out of the pub and hit brutally by a group of men. Eyewitnesses say that a group of more than 40 people shouting slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Jai Sri Ram”, “Bajrang Dal ki Jai” and “Sri Rama Sene ki Jai” barged into the pub. Continue reading “Moral Policing”

Cr.PC and Moral Policing

Chapter VIII (Section 107 –Section 116), provides for security for keeping the peace and for good behaviour. The provisions in this Chapter which empower courts and Magistrate to obtain security from a person to prevent him from committing offences in the future are of two kinds. Firstly, security for keeping the peace, which is contemplated under Sections 106 and 107 of the Code and secondly security for good behaviour, which is specified in Sections 108 to 110 of the Code.

Rests of the chapter contains procedure and provisions which is set out in Sections 111 and 112 of the Code. There is no need to go into a detailed analysis of these provisions but I would like to highlight the practice and procedure which is to be adopted by person holding the post of Special Executive Magistrate or Executive Magistrate while conducting these proceedings. Continue reading “Cr.PC and Moral Policing”