Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Expressing grief over the mass molestation of women on New Year’s eve in Bengaluru, women activist Brinda Adige on Monday said it is extremely shameful that such incidents take place every year.
Talking to ANI, Adige questioned the mindset of men.
“These men, who are drunk and unashamed, continue to assault women. They also know that action on them will not be taken immediately. So, this impunity with which they continue to assault and molest women and find ways and means to do so on any occasion is ok for them,” she added.
She further asserted that the police should have seized the cameras so that they have enough proof against the perpetrators.
“These men could have easily been booked under IPC 354. The police have the complete power to book these men under IPC. They cannot say, ‘today is January 31, let everybody enjoy’ because that is not their job. They have to enforce the law. The police are here to protect the citizens, the women and, therefore, all other issues are secondary,” she added.
The New Year kicked off on a sad note for Bengaluru as several women were molested and heckled by drunk, unruly men on the streets on New Year’s eve.
The incident took place in the busy areas of MG Road and Brigade Road where men groped and verbally abused women revelers even as policemen were present in large numbers.
Reports also mentioned that some women had to take off their heels and run from the spot because the cops stood as mute spectators and did not intervene. (ANI)