Guwahati, July 26: Read this carefully, harassment against women/girls is so entrenched in our society that almost every female will have her own horrible experience on stalking to narrate.
Despite the law making stalking a crime, society at large is yet to recognise it as a serious offence to fight against it wholeheartedly.
The Assam Police seems to have taken its battle against stalking seriously and has sent a strong message against the crime with a tweet. The state police's message against stalking is addressed to both the victims and culprits to reduce the crime.
This is what the law enforcement department has tweeted: "Understand the difference between a Compliment and Harassment. Unwanted Attention is Stalking." Period
With the tweet the police department told all those who stalk to #ThinkBeforeYouStalk and asked victims of stalking not to tolerate the crime #StalkingIsNotOkay. To bring home the truth about stalking, the Assam Police has also done the creative in local Assamese language.
প্ৰশংসা আৰু হাৰাশাস্তিৰ মাজৰ— Assam Police (@assam_police) July 23, 2018
পাৰ্থক্য বুজি পাওক।
কোনোবাই নিবিচৰাকৈয়ে তেওঁৰ প্ৰতি
মনোযোগ প্ৰদানে তেওঁক গোপনে
অনুসৰণ কৰাটোকে বুজায়।#ThinkBeforeYouStalk #TheThinkCampaign #StalkingIsNotOkay#AssamPolice pic.twitter.com/r2LVj7HFd1
The campaign of the Assam Police has won the hearts of netizens, including Bollywood actress Kajol, who have praised the department for its latest initiative.
Compliment by respecting, not by stalking. https://t.co/JNSLtELy1t— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) July 24, 2018
Fantastic series. Way to go, Assam Police 🙏— Anupam Bordoloi (@asomputra) July 23, 2018
This is a superb move by Assam Police. Kudos..yes stalking is a crime and infact it is very dangerous.— Pallavi(Ruby)Baruah (@25rubybaruah) July 23, 2018
Love n respect for the initiative but it would do more good if one can put the same in local languages and english in public hoardings on the roads and villages. Donot think even a small amount of goons use or can use twitter..— samrat barman (@samrat_trojan) July 24, 2018
The section 354D of the Indian Penal Code deals with stalking as an offence and provides for punishment.
According to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, a man committing the offence of stalking would be liable for imprisonment up to three years for the first offence, and shall also be liable to fine and for any subsequent conviction would be liable for imprisonment up to five years and with fine.
Now, you know what to do when you are being stalked. Girls/women do go and report to the police.