Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Reacting to the incidents of large groups of men molesting women in Bengaluru during the New Year celebrations, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara on Monday said that such incidents do happen on New Year’s Eve and Christmas and that they do take a lot of precautions.
Talking to ANI, Parameshwara asserted that Bengaluru is ‘safe’ and efforts are on to see that such incidents do not take place again.
“It’s unfortunate, things like this has happened earlier also. We had installed more than 25 CCTVs, will examine. Bengaluru is safe, just a incident like this does not mean it is not safe. All our officers are working to nab the culprit. Efforts are on to see that such incidents are not repeated again. Such incidents do happen on New Year day and on Christmas. We take a lot of precautions,” he added.
Reiterating the Minister’s stand, Karnataka DGP Om Prakash said, “Since such reports have come, we will identify the culprits and take all necessary actions.”
“For the first time this has been specifically pointed out. These types of things have been going on for many years. Lots of police is there during New Years Eve. We will try to identify the culprits. This kind of undisciplined behaviour on the part of people is not desirable,” he told ANI.
The statement came after media reports claimed that many women, who had gathered to usher in the New Year, were harassed and molested by drunk men posing as revellers in Bengaluru’s MG Road and Brigade Road on December 31st.
Bengaluru is in shock after a photojournalist from the newspaper Bangalore Mirror alleged that he had seen several distraught women approaching police women and complaining that hooligans had molested them and made lewd remarks during the New Year’s celebrations on December 31. (ANI)