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Women molested on New Year eve, HM Parameshwara blames 'western ways'

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Women molested on New Year eve, HM Parameshwara blames 'western ways'

Male friends and family members tried to deal with the molesters, but they were outnumbered and were in fact thrashed for interfering. "Definitely we will look into it and see that it is not repeated".

As Bengaluru, which prides itself as a safe city for women, struggles to come to terms with the incident, the state's home minister G Parmeshwara has said there are enough policemen and women in the city to ensure safety.

"When will the Indian men learn to respect women?" He also said that journalists like him came to the rescue of some revellers who were caught in the chaos.

Moreover, the police, shockingly said that there has been no official cases of molestation and harassment registered with them despite several eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence.

Police claimed that thay had made elaborate security arrangements for the New Year eve with 1,500 policemen on duty and several CCTV cameras installed, besides Karnataka State Reserve Police, City Armed Reserve and watch towers erected to keep a close watch. "We have taken suo motu cognisance on it and have sent off the same to the home minister, the head of the police, chief secretary". A young woman, who was present at the moment, told NDTV that situation was nearly equivalent to a stampede and she even said "girls crying and shouting for help". "With so much ease he did [it], as if he thought I'll not utter a word", she said.

The incident took place after women became easy targets of drunk and unruly men with lewd comments and physical abuse, in public view.

The news report further claimed that the deadline for celebrations this time were extended till 2 am this year, under pressure from some of the commercial establishments, especially the drinking joints in the central division. "It is sheer police inefficiency that has led to the crime on New Year eve".

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