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.”