Visakhapatnam

‘People need to be sensitive to crime against women’

Nannapaneni Rajakumari addressing the media in Visakhapatnamon Friday.   | Photo Credit: arranged

Andhra Pradesh Women’s Commission chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari said here on Friday that people should be more sensitive and react to atrocities being committed against women.

Referring to the recent daylight rape of a 50-year-old woman on a pavement at Railway New Colony allegedly by Ganji Shiva (21), she said: “It happened in full public glare and none had gone to the rescue of the woman in distress. People should react to such atrocities.”

The Women’s Commission chairperson also found fault with an autorickshaw driver who had filmed the crime and later transmitted it to the police WhatsApp.

“If the driver filmed and transmitted it to the police only as an evidence, it is acceptable. He should not have leaked it to the media and his friends. That is a crime,” she said.

On payment of compensation to the victim and punishment to be awarded to the accused, Ms. Rajakumari said the victim wanted some privacy and promised to contact the commission later.

“As far a punishment is concerned, we have asked the police to book a very strong case,” she added.

Ms. Rajkumari faulted the serials and films showing women in bad light, and free access to pornography on the Internet.

“We are working on how to bring in some checks in these aspects, as these are polluting the minds of the youth,” she said.

She Teams

Ms. Rajakumari also said that efforts were on to launch ‘She Teams’, taking a cue from the Telangana police.

The Telangana police had launched ‘She Teams’ a few years ago for protection of women.

Trained women police personnel in mufti are used to trap eve teasers and criminals who try to molest or intimidate women.

“A proposal is being prepared and will shortly be handed over to the Chief Minister,” she said.

Ms. Rajkumari also said that efforts were on to reduce the rate of suicide in private colleges due to academic pressure.

“We are preparing a document to ascertain the causes, better the infrastructure in government colleges and hostels, increase the number of government colleges, and reduce the unhealthy competition prevailing in the State,” she said.

“Parents also need to be counselled on the issue, as they are partly responsible,” she added.


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