If you are a woman and living in such a colony of apartment blocks and you are confronted by an intruder who is most probably drunk and behaving in a rude and disrespectful manner; thinks he can intimidate you and try to break into your house; follow the following precautionary steps
Let us assume that you are living in an apartment. The first things you must know readily are:
If you are a woman and living in such a colony of apartment blocks and you are confronted by an intruder who is most probably drunk and behaving in a rude and disrespectful manner; thinks he can intimidate you and try to break into your house; follow the following precautionary steps:
Do not call the Apartment security or Association members instead of calling Police control room. For all that you may know, the intruder can be part of the Apartment security personnel or an Association member whom you do not recognize.
If you are a house-wife and you are mostly alone at home when your husband is at work, the chances of having an intruder who violates your privacy and a threat to your safety and security are very high. In such an unfortunate circumstances of having a drunk intruder, it is often extremely hard for normally peaceful and law abiding citizens to imagine themselves calling POLICE for help.
Knowing your LAW is vital for your own decisive action when safety and security of you and your household is at stake. For citizens of India, the following Law is brought to your attention and protection. Forewarned is forearmed.
Section 509 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 deals with Word, Gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
From the Act
Whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or that such gesture or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such woman, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.
Related Sections from the Act
Section 503: Criminal intimidation
Section 504: Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace
Section 505: Statements conducing public mischief
Section 506: Punishment for criminal intimidation
Section 507: Criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication
Section 508: Act caused by inducing person to believe that he will be rendered an object of the Divine displeasure
Section 510: Misconduct in public by a drunken person