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Bangalore Unsafe for Women

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We have to have the courage to tell people when their behavior or the way they talk makes us uncomfortable.

 

Swati Priyadarshini

Bangalore Oct 27: The city has seen a rise of Sixteen percent in number of sexual harassment cases reported.

The number of cases reported under IPC 354 in the year 2015 was 675.This year the number has risen to 721.

Section 354 in Indian Penal Code deals with Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty. It states that Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with impris­onment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Even though the number of cases reported has gone, up the number of cases identified by the police has decreased. The ratio of reported to identified has gone down from 85% in 2015 to 72% in 2016.

 

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In the month of January alone, 50 cases were registered and in May 2016 two cases were reported within three days. One of the victims of sexual harassment said “I was returning from work when three guys started following me and molested me. I am even frightened to go out at nights now, it has totally changed the way I used feel about this city.”

Rounded Rectangle: “I am even frightened to go out at nights now, it has totally changed the way I used feel about this city”                                                                 (Victim) 18 years, Bangalore

Another victim said, “I travel at late hours and I don’t feel safe because here in India it is still considered that the girls should get inside homes as soon as sun sets. I think twice before wearing a short dress while travelling in a cab. You never know what comes up with a girl. And in the end the fault is all about the type of dress we wear.”

A survey conducted by Oxfam India and the Social and Rural Research Institute, a wing of IMRB International in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Durgapur which covered 400 working women states that 17% of working women in major cities have been sexually harassed.

Inspector Manjunath from Crime Branch said, “Bangalore is a tech capital of the city people from all over the country migrate to this city to get work. As a lot of people from different states are coming here such incidents have increased. We are trying our best to deal with the issue and have increase patrol parties at night to ensure safety of the women.”

Not only cases of sexual harassment have gone up but cases of kidnapping and number of people gone missing has also gone up. The number of kidnapping has increased by 10% and number of people missing has gone up by 13%.

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Retd. High Court Judge Mr. Justice Shiva Shankar said “We need to take strict measures to make the women of our city feel safe. Under IPC 354A imprisonment of only 2 years is given, it should be increased to 10 years and a hefty fine should be charged. Night patrols should be increased in the city and CCTV cameras should be installed in alleyways.”

Rounded Rectangle: “People need to change their mindset and stop being sexist.”              Retd. High Court Judge Mr. Justice Shiva ShankarAccording to him the police should be cooperative with the women and make them comfortable in such incidents rather than blaming their habits or clothes for such thing. In the end he says, “People need to change their mindset and stop being sexist.”

 

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