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Citizen groups to take battle against harassment to streets

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2011 01:59 IST
HT Correspondents

Determined to ensure swift and stringent action against the men who murdered Keenan Sentos and Reuben Fernandes, citizens' groups are taking the vast online campaigns a step further, advocating a no-tolerance policy for sexual harassment.

On Thursday, Abraham Mathai, general secretary of the All India Christian Council, met home minister RR Patil to demand that the case be treated as a special one and tried in a fast-track court.

Members of youth NGO Yuva Satta, meanwhile, have launched a campaign to demand better policing and to address the root cause of the incident: Sexual harassment. "We want the government to make molestation and sexual harassment laws more stringent and to make these non-bailable offences," says Maitrayee Avashat.

On Saturday, the NGO plans to launch a signatures drive at popular pubs, clubs and restaurants across the city. The citizens' charter will then be presented to the home minister. The NGO also plans to file a public interest litigation demanding better laws against sexual harassment. It also set up a 'Zero Tolerance Campaign' page on Facebook on Thursday, which acquired 780 members within just hours of its creation.