Following massive criticism from all the corners regarding the mass molestation of women on New Year evening in and around Bengaluru, the police forces and the home ministry has finally woken up from its slumber.
The entire exploded when CCTV footage of a girl getting molested and groped in the street on January 1 early morning went viral. Social media and news channels went a brisk with criticism flowing against the female exploitation and the misogynist patriarchal society that still rules the country.
Following the nationwide explosion, four people were arrested in the alleged molestation of a young woman on New Year’s Day here on Thursday.
“The four accused, aged 20 to 23 were arrested after their interrogation on Wednesday,” said Banaswadi Circle Inspector D H Munikrishna.
The accused are said to be residents of the area (Kammanahalli) in the city’s north-east suburb where the victim was molested and groped in the wee hours (2.41 a.m.) of Sunday by two of them when she was returning home with her friend after returning from a New Year’s party.
The horrifying incident came to light on Tuesday night when a resident of the area gave the police video footage captured by a CCTV camera he had installed at his house.
“Our senior officials will give the case details after producing the accused in a local court for police custody for further interrogation and identification by the victim, who has been contacted by our police women,” said Munikrishna.
An FIR was filed suo moto against the culprits under sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 354A and 354B (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.
The footage showed the victim walking in the close residential area towards her rented accommodation and the scooter-borne duo turning around and one of them walking across to her.
The duo was then seen molesting and dragging her to the two-wheeler, even as she tried to wriggle out, slapping the molester.
The video clip also showed the victim falling on the road after escaping from her attackers even as some onlookers watched “the horror” from a distance.
Home minister tries to save the lost dignity
Home Minister G Parameshwar, addressing the press meet in Bengaluru today, said that this was an attempt to tarnish the status of Bengaluru at global level. “Bengaluru has always been safe for women and children. Though sufficient security was provided on the NY eve, a few miscreants are damaging the name of Bengaluru.”
Few days back, the Home Minister had made a controversial statement, saying that such incidents are ‘common’ and the western culture is to blame for it. Clarifying his statement today, he said that the intention behind his statements has been twisted by the media and he did not mean to degrade women.
Meanwhile, it has been decided to install 500 new CCTV cameras across Bengaluru. The garden city has come under the scanner of the entire world following the mass molestation of women on the New Year celebrations.
The entire world is following the mass molestation of women on the New Year celebrations.