Women can file harassment complaint anonymously

Kanpur, March 19: This UP town shows way to Delhi and Mumbai to deal with complaints by women and gives them cover of anonymity. The initiative of the Kanpur district administration will have complaint boxes outside girls' colleges and markets to help victims of eve-teasing or harassment can put in their grievances, anonymously.

The Kanpur police would also patrol women colleges and bus stops to bring sense of security among women.

According to Additional District Magistrate (City) Avinash Singh the boxes will be opened only in the presence of the magistrate and police officials and the identity of the victim will not be disclosed to anyone.

Based on the complaint, an investigation would be launched against the criminals.

"These complaint boxes will not be opened by an ordinary police official but a magistrate level official. A complaint register will be maintained in which the name of the complainant will not be written but the offender's name will be written," he said.

Besides five women's colleges, some prominent markets, Neveen market and multiplex malls will have these complaint boxes.

The police have promised to extend this experiment to other parts of the city as well.

"At present, the condition is such that women do not come to register their complaints of eve-teasing due to societal pressure and fear of being infamous. Among these, even those women were present who have been a victim of domestic violence and could not register their complaints due to fear of in-laws," Singh said.

"Hoardings are put in major parts of the city in which telephone numbers of women police stations, police control room and women power line are written. If a woman is in trouble, she can call on these numbers for help and her identity will be kept secret," the ADM said.

The hoardings will be put at Bada Chauraha, Mall Road, Parade Chauraha, Green Park Chauraha and Arya Nagar Chauraha.

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