According to Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, whoever attacks or uses criminal force on a woman with the intention of disturbing the shame of a woman or knowing that by doing so, she will probably break her shame. Punishment for imprisonment for a term which shall be at least one year and which may be extended up to 5 years, and shall also be liable to pecuniary penalty.
The scope of Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code is wide. It is a cognizable offense as well as non-bailable. Further clauses were added to provide protection against the act of sexual harassment. Four newly added clauses in the IPC Sec 354 under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 are mentioned below-
- Section 354 A – Punishment for sexual harassment;
- Section 354 B – Assault or use of criminal force for a woman with intent to attack;
- Section 354 C – Voyeurism;
- Section 354 D – Stalking.