India warning text for sex pests

January 2, 2016 8:18 am

Nearly 600,000 Indian men who have sexually harassed or taunted women
received a text message from police over the New Year reminding them to
be on their best behaviour.
“You and your phone are still under
observation. Hope your conduct is upright now. We wish you a Happy New
Year,” said the greeting from police in the northern state of Uttar
Pradesh.
The messages were sent to “Eve-teasers” – the South Asian term for the sexual harassers of women – on Thursday.

“The
message to Eve-teasers, or pesky callers, is a reminder that the police
have their record. It is meant as a deterrent. We are trying to tell
them that any attempt to trouble women and create mischief will prompt
strict action,” said senior police officer Navniet Sekera, who heads a
telephone helpline for women.
Sekera said that 500,000 women who
have complained about harassment would also be sent messages, assuring
them that the police were available to help them should they need it.

Uttar Pradesh is ’s most populous state, accounting for 200 million of ’s 1.2 billion population.
Sexual
harassment is a major problem in India and many cases are reported in
the country during festivals and New Year celebrations.

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