A comprehensive Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Act requires to be enacted to prevent 'new age crimes' including mobile phone harassment, morphing, blackmailing through photographing/videographing, and internet circulation, according to a top police officer.
In her paper "the role of institutional mechanisms in strengthening protection to women" presented at the 'human rights of women-reforms for effective legal protection' in Kochi on Sunday, Dr B Sandhya, Inspector General of Police, said in the same enactment stringent sections for harassment of women at public places as well as sexual harassment at work places and public places also could be added.
While incidents of violence against women of any type occur, an easily accessible mechanism should be available to deal with all such issues. Women Helplines have been started by the Police department in every police District Headquarters
with this purpose, she said.
Digital complaint mechanism has to be popularised, she said, adding any women should be able to complaint about any type of harassment caused to her, sitting at her residence or accessing from a cyber cafe, through a digital complaint.
Complaint boxes kept at railway stations, bus stations and other public places were also very useful, but it needed
more popularisation, she said.