How does Stalking over the Phone Happen?

Last updated on May 11, 2022

[Trigger Warning: This explainer contains information on physical violence, sexual violence, abuse and slurs which some readers may find disturbing.]

If someone repeatedly contacts a person through calls or texts by the means of a telephone, then, it is a crime under the law. Under the law, only a man can be punished for the crime.(( Section 354D, Indian Penal Code, 1860.))

For example, sending someone messages on their phone begging to meet them or for sex despite a clear disinterest from their end.

The punishment for stalking over the phone is jail time up to three years along with a fine. For repeat offenders, the punishment is higher, i.e. up to five years jail time along with a fine.(( Section 354D, Indian Penal Code, 1860.))

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