Bengaluru Molestation: Home minister of Karnataka G. Parameshwar disturbed throng of Bengalureans and the country when he charged the city’s western culture for the hooliganism that happens every year as it did this year too during New Year’s Eve celebration in the IT capital’s CBD where young women were groped and pawed.
Instead of pulling up security forces, who were clearly unequal to the task of policing the complete number of revelers who blocked MG Road, Brigade Road, Chruch Street and Residency Road and couldn’t exit easily because of the security arrangements, Parameswar said these thing happen only to tarnish the image of Bengaluru as a progressive and a safe city.
Bengaluru Molestation: Police lathi-charged us just giving the warning to stay indoors, says eyewitnesses
An eyewitness told DC: “The police’s reaction to the spreading panic was to tell women to stay indoors and wait until the crowd had cleared. And then they lathi-charged us.”
Said women’s rights activist Donna Fernandes: “The men’s behavior that night was depraved – why are we attempting to nurture and encourage this mindset?”
Lalitha Kumaramangalam, head of National Commission for Women, echoed the nation’s wrath as she demanded the Home Minister’s resignation on Monday. “Are Indian men so pathetic and weak that they lose control if they see a woman in Western clothes on a day of revelry?” she said angrily.
Sate women commission sent notice to Police commissioner
State Women’s commission Chairperson Nagalakshmi Bai on Monday sent an official notice to Praveen Sood, who assumed charge Police Commissioner on Jan 1.
“We have asked for the official police report, based on which we will demand strict action against the troublemakers,” she said.
Sood called on the women who had been molested to come forward and register cases, which he said would be given the highest priority. “We are investigating the matter. The officers are looking into the CCTV footage,” he said.
Police said they are looking for the accused involved in the alleged incidents occurred on Saturday night in an around the junction of Brigade Road and MG Road, where thousands of people had gathered to celebrate new year eve.
According to eyewitnesses, women were molested and groped and vulgar remarks were also passed by miscreants on that night in the posh area where they claimed that around 1, 500 police personnel had been deployed to control the throng.