It asks if Kareem has been provided security

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Bangalore City Police to submit a status report on progress of investigation into eight rape cases registered in the city recently.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna passed the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed by city-based advocate M.K. Vijayakumar seeking a separate law to deal with the rape cases.

The Bench asked the police to inform the court whether security had been provided to Syed Kareem, who has been threatened and attacked for filling a case in connection with the rape of his 14-year-old daughter. Warning of serious action if no security has been provided to him and no action taken on the attackers, the Bench accepted an application filed on behalf of him by his counsel.

“I never understand why the police always take the side of villains, whether it is Haryana or Karnataka it is the same. No sympathy with the plight of women. Until that happens to their [police] families, they can’t understand… Is it not because of movies? 50 per cent of the movies have vulgar dances…and we call them heroines…,” the Chief Justice observed.

Meanwhile, government counsel R. Devdas informed the Bench on all the eight rape cases, mentioned in the PIL, the police have arrested the accused persons and the investigations were under way.

In another case, the Bench warned the industrial units that are still operating illegally in the prohibited zones in the catchment area of Tippagondanahalli reservoir, a source of drinking water to Bangalore city, that it would not hesitate to order for sealing their units if they do not file affidavit within 10 days undertaking that they would close their units by July 31, 2013. The Bench issued the direction while refusing to accept their plea to give them a year to close down their units.

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