Now, women can drop complaints in a box

Complaint Box installed at Maharani's College; 50 boxes to be set up

Now, women can drop complaints in a box

Be it about eve-teasing outside the campus, or about being stalked by miscreants, or  something graver, henceforth women can drop complaints, at select places, if any. Such complaints will be redressed by the police once in a week.

On Tuesday, Chairperson of State Women’s Commission Manjula Manasa launched an exercise to install complaint boxes, at Government Maharani’s Women’s College for Arts and Commerce in the city.

She symbolically slid three chits into the box, advising the Police department about how to make it (complaint boxes) a better way to address women’s related issues. According to DCP (Law and order) A N Rajanna, such complaint boxes will be put up at 50 places in the city -- near girl schools and women’s colleges, paying guest accommodations, hostels, deputy commissioner’s office, ZP, law court’s complex, offices where women are employed in large numbers and other vantage locations.

The police personnel will clear the boxes once in a week to take further measures through respective police stations.

However, it is optional for the complainants to disclose their identity along with their names, telephone number and address, while it is mandatory to disclose the details of the persons (accused) against whom they have a complaint.

Manula said, however, crimes against women can be checked only when the women learn the skills of self-defence. Instead of waiting for the law or the police to take action, women should take the lead in their fight against injustice. Manjula cited the example of a woman in Bangalore, who took on her tormentor on the streets.

Taking exception to the often heard comment about women’s dressing triggering such crimes, Manjula said the stereotypical opinion about women should change.

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