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India: Mild official reaction from the Home Minister after mass violence against women on New Year

Tuesday 3 January 2017, by siawi3


Such incidents do happen on new year day and Christmas: Home Minister on Bengaluru horror

03rd January 2017 06:48 AM IST

BENGALURU: Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Monday that there was adequate police force was deployed and that “such incidents do happen on New Year day and Christmas”.

He was reacting to reports of women being allegedly molested during the New Year Eve celebrations in the city. “The police had taken adequate precautions. There was proper police security and 1,500 personnel were deployed in the area,” he said.

Some women were allegedly molested by miscreants on Saturday night on MG Road. Police, however, said no complaint was filed and that they were examining CCTV footage to take appropriate action, including filing a suo motu case.

The Home Minister’s comments came under fire from women’s rights activists and even the chairperson of the State Women’s Commission. “Politicians are insensitive. They blame victims instead of taking action against those who molested and misbehaved with women,” said Geetha Menon from Stree Jagruti Samiti.

Nagalakshmi Bai, Chairperson of State Women’s Commission, said such statements send a wrong message to the society. According to her, Parameshwara should take action against those who failed to provide security to women and not make such statements.

“I have issued a notice to the Police Commissioner seeking a detailed report on the incident,” she said.

Jyothi A, state president of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), said, “Police should book cases against the perpetrators. What is the use of CCTV cameras if the perpetrators are not punished even when they are identified? Women and young girls, in particular, hesitate to register a complaint due to lack of societal support. It is sheer police inefficiency that has led to the crime on New Year Eve. More police should have been deployed with effective measures proportionate to the mob on the night.”



It Was ‘Mass Molestation,’ Says Bengaluru Witness On New Year Eve Horror

January 03, 2017 08:13 IST

Several women were molested on Bengaluru’s MG Road on New Year’s eve
Witnesses say attackers “grabbed women’s hair and pulled at their clothes
Distraught women rushed for help to hundreds of cops stationed on MG Road

BENGALURU: Witnesses have described the horror on Bengaluru’s famous MG Road on New Year’s Eve, when several women were molested as thousands of revelers poured out on to the street close to midnight.

A young woman who was present on the boulevard in the heart of the Karnataka capital that night described the situation as “almost a stampede” and said she saw “girls crying and shouting for help.” One woman she said fainted, another took off her shoes to fend off attackers.

Two days later, she is still traumatised by what she saw, the woman said. A friend who was attacked is in shock. “Whenever a woman passed the molesters groped and pawed them, taking advantage of the intense crowd…You can fight back one or two people but how do you fight a crowd,” she said, emphasising that men were “intentionally” targeting women.

It was “mass molestation,” she said

Another witness said there were not enough police personnel to control the massive crowd. “Everyone was drunk and pushing each other, people behaved indecently. They did not leave a single girl,” she said.

She said she saw a woman weeping. “She was bleeding and had scratches. It was very scary,” she said, describing how the attackers “grabbed women’s hair and pulled at their clothes.”
As Bengaluru, which prides itself as a safe city for women, struggles to come to terms with the incident, the state’s home minister G Parameshwara has said there are enough policemen and women in the city to ensure safety.

The incident was first reported by local newspaper Bangalore Mirror, which published photographs of distraught women rushing for help to the hundreds of cops stationed on MG Road.

Yet no complaint has been registered yet, the city police said today, adding that they were gathering more information.

The home minister said footage from CCTV cameras installed in the area would be examined by the police.