Man Arrested In India For Photographing Woman In A Public Place & 'Insulting Her Modesty'
from the privacy? dept
Michael Scott points us to the news of a guy arrested in India for using his cameraphone to take a photo of a woman at a train station. He's accused of "insulting the modesty of a woman, by word, gesture or act" as well as "intruding upon the privacy" of the woman. To be fair, the article makes it clear that the woman and the police felt this guy was a "stalker" who had followed the woman on the train for months. However, it also said the woman didn't mind until he took that extra step of taking her photograph, which is apparently considered a privacy violation:
According to the police, the act of taking a photograph of a woman without her consent amounts to "intruding upon her privacy". An officer said: "The woman concerned has mentioned in her complaint that she had objections to (the person) taking her photograph. So we arrested him," an officer said.The article quotes a lawyer who suggests this case is a slam dunk... as well as another who said there's no way the case gets anywhere, as there's nothing wrong with taking a photo of someone in a public place.