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Indecent Representation to Women.

The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986.

  • An Act to prohibit indecent representation of women through advertisements or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.


Section 2C, “The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986″

“Indecent representation of women” means the depiction in any manner of the figure of a woman; her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent, or derogatory to, or denigrating, women, or is likely to deprave, corrupt or injure the public morality or morals;


1. Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty.

(Section 354, The Indian Penal Code,1860.)

Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

2. Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

(Section 509, The Indian Penal Code, 1860.)

Whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or that such gesture or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such woman, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.


In order to sensitize the Police Officers at the ground level to prevent offences against women, CID, Crime Branch compiled a Compendium on Crime against Women. The Compendium contains the following: