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Jorhat, Dec. 9: An advocate of the Jorhat Bar Association (JBA) has alleged that her modesty was outraged by a male advocate of the association who threatened to kill her as well.

The incident reportedly took place at the association’s office on Saturday afternoon, but the woman lodged an FIR against her male colleague with Jorhat police station yesterday. She had “informed” police about the incident on Saturday.

The police have registered a case against Hemen Bora, a former secretary of the association, and an investigation is on. The police have registered the case (No. 1766/13) under Sections 294 (obscene songs), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354 of the IPC.

Among the three sections, Section 354 (assault or use of criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) is non-bailable. If convicted under the section, a person could get imprisonment up to five years, with fine.

Under Section 294, if a person is convicted, then he could be imprisoned for three months or fine or both. If convicted under Section 506, then one could be imprisoned for two years or fine or both.

The police today sent the case to the court of chief judicial magistrate (Jorhat) as per procedure. In the FIR, she has alleged that on Saturday around 1.30pm, she along with a colleague of hers were heading to the court campus from the JBA office when suddenly Bora “intentionally” touched her, “grabbed her chest and pushed her aside”.

She alleged that with the intent to outrage her modesty, he (Bora) hurled verbal abuses. When she protested against his attack, Bora used filthy and derogatory language against her and said “false things” about her, the lady advocate added.

She further alleged that Bora threatened her and her family with dire consequences. She requested the police to investigate the matter and take necessary legal action.

When contacted, the complainant said proper investigation would nail the accused who, without rhyme or reason, “assaulted and outraged her modesty”. She said she had stated in the FIR whatever she has to say.

“Had I not caught the hand of my colleague, I could have fallen on the ground when I was pushed by Bora. I have been practising at Jorhat courts since 2007 and now I am feeling very distressed and disturbed,” she said.

The advocate said she had filed a written compliant with the JBA informing it about the incident and sought necessary action against Bora.

Superintendent of police, Jorhat, Sanjukta Parasor told this correspondent that police were investigating the case and action would be taken as per law.

Bora was not available for comment.

In September, a case (No. 1237/13) in Jorhat police station was registered against Bora following an FIR by an officer of Naharlagun police station in Arunachal Pradesh on assault charge.

Sub-inspector N. Geyi in his complaint stated that he and three other policemen were physically assaulted by Bora in the court of the chief judicial magistrate (Jorhat) without any provocation.

The Arunachal police team had come to seek a production warrant to take a prisoner lodged in the Central Jail here.