Bengaluru New Year shocker: Women heckled, molested as 1,500 cops looked on
The policemen were badly outnumbered on the streets by the hooligans numbered in thousands, who tried to strip and molest women revellers
Despite all the security arrangements made by Bengaluru police and administration, anarchy prevailed on the streets of MG Road and Brigade Road in the presence of 1,500 policemen after 11 pm where revellers had gathered to welcome the New Year.
Women were heckled, pawed upon and molested, and their male friends and relatives had a tough time trying to protect them from drunk hooligans.
The policemen were badly outnumbered on the streets by the hooligans numbered in thousands, who tried to strip and molest women revellers. The men were “too many and too unruly” for the cops to do anything.
Yet surprisingly, not a single case of molestation or harassment has been registered, Bangalore Mirror has reported.
Sandeep Patil former deputy commissioner (central) of the city, under whose limits Brigade Road and MG Road fall, reportedly told BM that a number of women did approach the cops seeking help as they got separated from their family members and friends. So, the police used public address systems to locate them and no case of molestation was registered, he added.
Nagendra Kumar, deputy commissioner of police, Command Centre, Bengaluru, told BM: “We got around 450 calls at the city control room when on Saturday night, especially after 10 pm till wee hours in the morning, and not even one was about women being assaulted or molested.”
According to the police statistics, in 2015 the city had 714 cases of molestation and 171 of them are still under investigation. Similarly, the police registered 756 cases of sexual harassment in 2016 and 559 of them are still under investigation.