PC’s hands tied till victims file plaint

Anjali Jhangiani & Mubarak Ansari
Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Pune: While women are using the social media space to create awareness about the alleged on-goings at High Spirits, which involve bullying, molestation and so on, Rashmi Shukla, Commissioner of Police, Pune City, said the victims must file a written complaint for an investigation and appropriate action to be taken. 

“In case of crimes against women, the victim’s testimony is essential. Therefore a complaint must be filed with the police station. If they find any difficulty at the local police station, they are free to discuss their problem with me,” said Shukla. 

Pune: While women are using the social media space to create awareness about the alleged on-goings at High Spirits, which involve bullying, molestation and so on, Rashmi Shukla, Commissioner of Police, Pune City, said the victims must file a written complaint for an investigation and appropriate action to be taken. 

“In case of crimes against women, the victim’s testimony is essential. Therefore a complaint must be filed with the police station. If they find any difficulty at the local police station, they are free to discuss their problem with me,” said Shukla. 

Why haven’t the women gone to the police? Why are they flooding Twitter instead of filing a written complaint so that a proper investigation can be led into this case and justice can be served? There are a number of reasons behind this, but a major reason for them to hold back is the feeling of awkwardness in answering the investigating officer about why they were drinking at a bar and then complaining about being groped. A baseless, ridiculous and sexist, yet familiar phrase used to describe a situation like this is: “They were asking for it”. 

On this point, a senior police official said, “A girl can go to the bar and drink if she wants. I will go a step ahead and say that she can tear off her own clothes, but even then nobody has the right to touch her against her will.” 

The victims feel that since the police commissioner and the police readily reply on Twitter, they might take charge of the situation, but the system doesn’t work like that. “Recently we got information that a worker had molested a minor at a residential society. When our team went there and approached the parents, they denied any such incident had taken place. They gave us a hard time, saying that they did not make a complaint so why are we there for enquiry,” said the official.
 

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