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Maharashtra to challenge HC’s “skin to skin” ruling | India News


The Maharashtra government is in the process of challenging the Bombay High Court ruling that “skin-to-skin contact” was imperative to attract a crime of “sexual assault” under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act. (Pocso).
The state’s attorney general, Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, told TOI on Friday that the state would file a special license petition against the sentence handed down by Judge Pushpa Ganediwala of the Nagpur Bank of Mumbai HC. The sentence provoked protests and was suspended by the Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, a group of lawyers from Bombay HC wrote to CM Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the minister of law, to make sure the state challenges the ruling before it “becomes a dangerous precedent.” The next day, the lawyers also wrote to Kumbhakoni with the same reason.

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