Such incidents do happen: Karnataka home minister on Bengaluru molestation charge

The city police made a decision to take suo moto cognisance of the alleged molestation incident during New Year celebrations at MG Road/Brigade Road on Saturday evening.

And it only goes to reflect the safety of women in our country.

"Such remarks from the Home Minister are unacceptable and regrettable".

"When will they Indian men learn to respect women". The lady said that while one of the woman fainted, while other was crying took off her shoes to fend off attackers.

Police at the spot were apparently outnumbered to control the miscreants.

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Karnataka's Director General of Police Om Prakash said they will identify the culprits and take action against them. "We take a lot of precautions", Parmeshwara was quoted as saying by ANI.

A young woman who was present on the boulevard in the heart of the Karnataka capital that night described the situation as "almost a stampede" and said she saw "girls crying and shouting for help". Earlier in the day, the police had said no cases had been filed in the matter, and only said that they had helped out some women in distress, The Indian Express reported. "With so much ease he did [it], as if he thought I'll not utter a word", she said.

In a shocking incident, a huge mob, reportedly consisting of more than a hundred people, molested women with impunity even as 1500 policemen deployed in the area looked on as the horror scenes unfolded. "It is sheer police inefficiency that has led to the crime on New Year eve".

In addition to the entire city police force, men from reserve battalions were also deployed on the city streets to maintain law and order during New Year's Eve celebrations, claimed former city police commissioner NS Megharikh, who was in charge of the night's security measures in the city.

  • Megan Austin