When a woman misuses the gender protection laws for her own selfish motives, she de-values the real claims of other millions.
She not only brings disrespect to women seeking justice but also breaches the trust of the whole women community.
One such story is of Neha Gandhir – the proprietor of Haryana based Feel Good India company. Recently, she was fined Rs. 25 lakhs for threatening to file false molestation charges against the court-appointed representative.
Yes, she threatened to file a false case of Molestation without even thinking that she might be putting many women, who are fighting their legal battles against their molesters, into jeopardy!
So, what exactly happened?
Neha’s company, Feel Good India, is involved in a trademark infringement fight with another firm Sapat & Co. Sapat filed a case against Feel Good for infringing on the trademark name for a cough syrup.
On Dec 21, the HC asked Feel Good to stop the sales of cough syrup and appointed a representative to seize goods from the company.
But on January 4, the court representative came to know that Feel Good was still selling the cough syrup in the market. When he tried to video-record the loading of goods into a tempo, Neha tried to snatch away the phone. She asked the representative to delete the video.
And, threatened to level false allegations of molestation against him.
She later confessed to using the word ‘Molestation’ as she was scared and tense.
How the court reacted?
Neha’s lawyers asked for leniency for the mother of two. But looking at the lame excuse, the HC refused to accept any explanation.
As per TOI, The court & the Justice S Kathawalla made a firm statement to ensure no wrong message is sent to the public:
“Time and again, it is noted with distress, that a socially enabling piece of legislation is being grossly misused with impunity, by the very gender for whose empowerment it has been enacted, leaving the male(s) facing grossly wrong and derogatory charges, which they have to thereafter defend themselves against.”
“If such abhorrent behaviour is left unpunished, by showing compassion to a person who knowingly, grossly abuses the process of law, and thereafter attempts to justify the same by saying she did it in a fit of rage, the court will send out a wrong message to the general public.”
“Such conduct may also stop the court officials from executing orders against women and made it clear that this kind of hateful crimes couldn’t be left unpunished as it would be sending the wrong message to the general public.”
Message to Neha from I FOR HER & other women
Indian women struggle to roam freely on the streets because they fear molestation or abuse in the broad daylight. Many women don’t come forward to raise a voice against molestation because of the social stigma attached to it.
The society either blames them or their clothes or their parenting for the molestation. But, mostly, society never questions their claims of molestation till recently.
With every single case of woman misusing laws, we are putting the belief entrusted in women at risk. It’ll not be long before the society will start questioning every woman who stands against the molesters.
Thanks to you and some, many of us will be questioned and judged for our true #MeToo stories.