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Stalking step in haste: Court

New Delhi, March 2 (PTI): The decision to make stalking a non-bailable offence in the wake of the December 16, 2012, gang rape was taken in a hurry, a Delhi court has said, seeking a mechanism in place to look into the matter.

The court of additional sessions judge Kamini Lau made the observation while sentencing a man, who was obsessed with his ex-girlfriend and used to stalk her even after her marriage, to two years in jail for molestation.

The court also directed the prison authorities to get Ashok Singh, 31, treated for “psychotic obsessiveness”.

The court said that after the Delhi gang-rape case, the government had hurriedly brought about an ordinance that culminated into an act (Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013) making stalking a specific offence under the IPC.

“However… it was a knee­jerk reaction in order to assuage the public anger…. In that hurried process, certain facets connected with stalking have not been taken care of and there is an urgent need to put in place a mechanism which could take care of several aspects.”

The court observed that Singh, who is married and has a child, is fixated on his ex-girlfriend, whose family prevented them from marrying because she belongs to a different caste. Singh and the woman had been in a relationship for seven years.

Her parents got her married off twice but both marriages were ruined because Singh allegedly continued to have sexual relations with her. At one point of time, the woman lodged a police case against him for alleged rape and causing hurt.

The judge said the possibility of Singh repeating his misbehaviour if released could not be ruled out.