Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday suggested to three youngsters to voluntarily clean a mosque in their area. The court asked them to do some community service if they wanted a First Information Report (FIR) registered against them quashed.
The suggestion came from a division bench presided over by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardesai in response to an application moved by three youngsters seeking quashing of the FIR against them. The youngsters were booked for assaulting and grievously hurting their relative outside a mosque over a petty issue.
The counsel appearing for the youngsters informed the bench that his clients have made an attempt to settle the matter with the complainant. He also tendered a copy of the settlement between both the parties which spelt out the conditions.
After perusing the settlement copy and hearing the submissions, the bench said, “We cannot quash an FIR just because both the parties have reached a settlement. We want to see repentance on part of the accused.”
The bench further said, “Unlike other special and dedicated Acts like Pocso, the provision of ‘community service’ is not mentioned in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). We would like if the accused applicants voluntarily do some community service. We would suggest that you should clean the mosque in your area.”
The bench also suggested the youngsters to visit all the jails across Maharashtra so that they can get an idea of the pathetic conditions to deter them from indulging in such acts in the future.
Meanwhile, the bench has asked the prosecution to furnish a copy of the medical certificate of the complainant to verify the claim of ‘grievous hurt’ to him. The matter will be next heard after two weeks.