A Bengaluru college student recorded a video of a man flashing her and giving her vulgar signals. The postgraduate journalism student was at Pattandur Agrahara for a research assignment on the status of the lake when the incident happened. The student immediately recorded it in a video and filed a complaint at the Whitefield police station. With the help of the video, the police could easily track down that man and arrest him.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Bengaluru postgraduate journalism student recorded a video of a man flashing at her and making vulgar signs.
  • The incident happened on Monday afternoon at Pattandur Agrahara Lake where she had gone for research on the status of the lake. 
  • Pattandur Agrahara Lake is infamous for the lack of surveillance and frequent criminal incidents.
  • The student recorded the incident in a video and filed a complaint with the Whitefield Police Station.
  • The harasser was easily arrested and booked under IPC Section 354. 
  • The student’s decisiveness and courage was important in nabbing the sexual harasser.

Pattandur Agrahara Lake infamous for its safety issues

The incident happened on Monday afternoon. The student was out at the lake in Pattandur Agrahara for her post-graduate assignment on the status of the lake. The lake and its surroundings is already infamous for lack of surveillance and repeated incidents of mugging and other illegal actions.

The student’s calmness and rationality during the incident not only saved her from further mishap but also exemplified how such situations should be dealt with.

In a tweet, Namma Whitefield, a federation of residents and RWAs in Whitefield area, wrote, “The areas around Pattandur Agrahara Lake 142 are filled with illegal tenements erected in the Lake Buffer Zone area. Muggings are reported regularly from around here. If these tenements are illegal, please evict them.”

Improve surveillance and patrolling to make the area safe for women! tweeted Namma Whitefield.

The student became the victim of the lack of surveillance in the area when a man started following her. He flashed at her, gave vulgar signals which posed discomfort and danger for the student. Such incidents render even the public spaces unsafe for women.

The courage and smartness of the student gained her justice

However, the student of journalism used her quick wittedness and took a step against the harassment. She immediately made a video recording of the harasser and without any delay filed an FIR against him.

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The video played a crucial role in substantiating her complaint and in tacking down the perpetrator quickly. The police arrested him, booked him under IPC 354 and produced him in the court.

The student’s calmness and rationality during the incident not only saved her from further mishap but also exemplified how such situations should be dealt with. It is awareness about self-defence, safety measures and to act quickly and smartly that is required to tackle harassment cases. Had the student not recorded the video, possibly the police would have rejected her complaint on the basis of lack of evidence.

Sexual harassment: An endless debate

Therefore, like the student’s decisiveness in a crisis situation, awareness about self-defence and courage to report the harassment to the police is the necessity of the hour. However, it is matter of another debate whether we should stop men from harassing women than preparing her to tackle it.

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Rudrani Kumari is an intern at SheThePeople.TV

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