Cops Book Accused After Mangalore Girl Exposes Harasser On Facebook
Following a Mangalore resident’s Facebook post about being harassed, the city police has registered a suo motu case against her harasser.
22-year-old Rashmi Shetty was travelling from Aloysius Degree College to Balmatta on Sunday (June 26) when a boy riding a scooty followed her. The woman took a picture of his scooty and posted it on social media along with a post stating that the boy riding it had harassed her.
In her post, she put up his scooty number – KA 19 EU 0932. Shetty, who is studying MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions in Bihar, asked the boy whether he thought she would be scared because of his acts. She posted, “I was followed by the guy who this scooter belongs to today in broad daylight. In a busy street in Mangalore. 3pm in the noon in the centre of the city, from Aloysius degree college to Balmatta, a guy dares to follow a woman who’s walking while there is a swarm of cops thirty steps behind.”
“You think you can halt a million times ahead of me and honk at me while I cross you as you take a good fucking look at my butt? And that would embarrass me enough to cry at my fate of being a woman in this country, this generation, this world? You think I’d freak out and run so fast that I fucking run into your arms? You think you stopping and making phone calls to your gang would threaten me into never getting out alone? So confident that if I asked for help, I will never be able to prove your fault? And that people wouldn’t take my side or take me seriously?”
She chose not to hide behind the veil of anonymity and let the public decide who should really be shamed.
“Acting on screenshots of her posts going viral, Mangaluru City Police registered a suo motu cases against the youngster who was riding the scooter,” K M Shantaraju, DCP (Law and Order) told TOI. The boy has been booked under IPC 354(d) and 509 at Mangaluru Women’s Police Station.