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1/D-21
Jul 12, 2011
02:19 AM

Delhi police should have prety women officers who are somewhat seductively dressed walk about in town by themselves at night. They should be armed with a can of mace, handcuffs and a handgun for those who resist arrest. It is time the city started taking Eve teasing seriously.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
2/D-29
Jul 12, 2011
04:09 AM

The Delhi Police Commissioner was doing some plain-speaking. He could have put the facts across in a more touchy-feely fashion but the man was not giving out non-sense. What was missing clearly is a comforting assurance from the Commissioner that the people responsible for the crime will be brought to justice soon with the full force of law.

Ram Srinivasan
Los Altos, United States
3/D-34
Jul 12, 2011
06:51 AM

"What was missing clearly is a comforting assurance from the Commissioner that the people responsible for the crime will be brought to justice soon with the full force of law." - Ram

The scoundrels will be out next morning on a bail of Rs. 500. And, since when did our courts start delivering justice? Its only recently, that we hear some random noises about upholding the law - justice is far away on the horizon. 

I agree with Anwaar's approach, with the addendum that these scoundrels should be trashed by the public, instead of waiting for the police.

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
4/D-40
Jul 12, 2011
08:18 AM

Police everywhere have their limitations. If the Delhi Police Commissioner makes an honest admission of his limitations in providing security to women (or for that matter anyone) alone in the middle of the night why is he being attacked for sexism. Besides relying on the police, potential victims should avoid placing themselves in high risk situations.

Has anyone examined the role of the public. Why is that good citixens look the otherway and even fail to inform the police. Despite everyone having a cellphone these days how many people report crimes in progress. The police need to look at ways to encourage people to get involved. Presently people shy away from doing so for fear that they will be harassed more than the criminals.

Prima facie, Anwaar's suggestion is good. The problem is that by the time the police arrive on the scene, the bait would have been gobbled up and the tigers gone.

Bonita
Chennai, India
5/D-116
Jul 12, 2011
04:26 PM

Frankly, as a parent of two grown daughters, I find nothing wrong with the advise of the police chief.  I provide the same advise to my children all the time.  Not just that, I have adequately equipped them to defend themselves a'la Anwar's advise in case of any trouble.  Safety is also a personal responsibility as much as social and civil.

TD
Hyderabad, India
6/D-133
Jul 12, 2011
05:31 PM

Hysteria is not a substitute for a resonable pragmatic discussion.

There is nothing objectionable in the police chief's statement.

That is exactly what I will advise my family members - male and female. It is called common sense.

Sensible people advocate the same in New York, LA, and Chicago.

Pradip Singh
STAFFORD, United Kingdom
7/D-139
Jul 12, 2011
06:43 PM

@ Pradip Singh (Post # 6)

You are correct. I guess we want them to be politically correct, even if it means that their statements are unrealistic.

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
8/D-193
Jul 12, 2011
11:54 PM

Ram Srinivasan,TD and Pradip Singh...

There is obviously nothing wrong in the police chief's statement....of course why would it be... The problem is the agree by him as well as you three dimwits that bad men in the night will continue to indulge in voilence and sexual violenece and maintain the status quo for dimwits like that "Its bad for women to go out at niight"..

When will we work to a society where women can go out at night whenever the please in a capital city infested with politicians/police force who are frankly double up as rapists after their 5.00 pm...when will we enforce a law that will instill fear for such act..and when will be accept the problem is not in the attire of women but the tool in the pants of the perpetrator. ...When will you men stop blaming the women in your society and censure them with Burqas and timebans...

Shameful really!

Somshankar Bose
Madison, United States
9/D-47
Jul 13, 2011
11:46 AM

While the chiefs advice is pragmatic, the effort by the media to blow it up is to MALIGN THE MALE GENDER SOMEHOW. In fact, even males do require security at night.

WAKE UP MALES! 

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
10/D-62
Jul 13, 2011
03:56 PM

One cannot understand how some commonsensical advice is being twisted to portray it as an assault on the rights of women -- and, as Outlook mentions, has resulted in palpable shock and outrage among civil society and women's rights activists.
Just to flip the argument (and earn the goodwill of activists) maybe the police chief should have said, “You can by all means travel at two o’ clock in the night, alone if you feel like it. You do not have to bother about reasonable precautions, or inform anyone about your whereabouts. Delhi ought to be safe for all, especially for women.”
Women have every right as individuals to make choices about living and conducting their lives – and the state and its citizens ought to be mindful about this need. To distort the commissioner’s comment, however, is playing to a limited vocal gallery. And palpably shocked activists would do well to read http://tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ws110711BeingAwoman.asp; at the very least some of them could be convinced that there exist voices that are different from theirs.

Santosh John Samuel
Kochi, India
11/D-84
Jul 13, 2011
07:42 PM

 A Canadian policewoman lectured in United States for women not to go about in the bare- all mode. The pleasant surprise as a result of this unsolicited advice is baring more. Sluts all over the world took this opportunity to display their considerable assets & went in to slut walks. Menfolks had feast for their eyes.

Last week Outlook reported a slut-walk planned by Delhi damsels, which probably were not appealing enough to the Punjabi macho of the Delhwalla!

May be because of this damp squib, the Commissioner himself took matters in to his own hands. When policemen advice dress code, can another slut-walk be far behind? One hopes this time around the asset quality will be much more high value & will do justice to money spent on liberal dozes of  Botox & silicones ! 

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
12/D-102
Jul 13, 2011
09:44 PM

I had posted earlier :

Has anyone examined the role of the public. Why is that good citixens look the otherway and even fail to inform the police. Despite everyone having a cellphone these days how many people report crimes in progress. The police need to look at ways to encourage people to get involved. Presently people shy away from doing so for fear that they will be harassed more than the criminals.

There was a horrific incident which occurred in Coimbatore today. Four men beat another two to death in what appeared to be an act of road rage.. The incident happened at 2 pm, in broad daylight at a busy junction, and CCTV footage aired on TV showed other motorists sitting on their two wheelers or in their cars watching and doing nothing. Several others drove by.

Why blame the police for all the ills of society?

Bonita
Chennai, India
13/D-147
Jul 15, 2011
07:37 PM

# 8 Somshanker Bose - whether New York, Paris or London ... places that have police on the roads 24/7, with women completely free to don the attire they need, violence against women has been going up or women are finding the courage to report.  So, please stop lecturing and start with what measures can minimise the violence and best to start with oneself, as we all live in an imperfect world.

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-07-05/news/29756793_1_rapes-subway-crime-crime-stats; http://www.libdemvoice.org/shocking-37-rape-increase-in-londonor-is-it-21416.html 

For your kind information, several of my colleagues drive themselves home after late night work in Hyderabad and have never had a horrific story to tell. 

TD
Hyderabad, India
14/D-106
Jul 16, 2011
11:01 PM


Somshankar Bose

Madison, United States
 

"...........Ram Srinivasan,TD and Pradip Singh... as you three dimwits..............."

Mr Bose

I salute your superior wisdom, Sir.

Pradip Singh
STAFFORD, United Kingdom
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