Continuing with their drive to book those riding two-wheelers with their face covered, the police on Saturday registered 24 more cases in the city.
With this the total number of cases thus registered has reached 44. However, not a single offender is a woman. In a city, where women can be commonly seen riding two-wheelers with their face covered to prevent sun and dust, this comes as a surprise. Meanwhile, men are left to bear the brunt of this new order issued by police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal.
On the first day of the drive on Friday, nakas were set put on Lawrence Road and at Civil Lines and other parts of the city. Offenders were stopped and cases were registered on the spot under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). On Saturday, the drive was extended to Maqboolpura, Chheharta, Gate Hakima, cantonment area and other parts of the city.
Questioned on the absence of women offenders, deputy commissioner of police J Elanchezhian said: “The cases have to be registered against all violators, both men and women. I’ll have to check the ground reality before commenting on this, as I was not present at any of the nakas.”
The DCP, however, stressed that there is no deliberate reason for women not being booked, while adding the proportion of male offenders is always higher.
Men, meanwhile, are not taking this bias lightly. “If most women are not miscreants, then are all men criminals? The cases registered are not justified if such a bias exists,” said Ankur Sharma, a student of Guru Nanak Dev University.
Ankur said instead of just booking the offenders, the cops should also check the registration number and other documents of the two-wheeler to see if it is stolen.
While appreciating the initiative, Richa Sharma, a student of the Khalsa College of Law, too, questioned the bias. “It is a good initiative seeing the spike in snatching and other crimes. But woman riders should also be checked, and not just left after a warning, while men are booked.”
The FIR states that as per the order of police commissioner, nobody is allowed to cover the face while riding/driving vehicle. Earlier, the DCP had said initially people were given warnings for a few days, but after they failed to shun the practice, the drive to book them was started.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THOSE BOOKED
O The offenders are being booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for ‘disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant’
O The offence invites simple imprisonment for a term up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs 200
O In more serious cases, the term may extend to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 1,000
O The offence is bailable, and the court decides the punishment