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Man arrested over lewd comments

For the first time since the west region began a special squad to deal with the menace of eve teasing, a man from Bandra (East) was booked under section 509 (intent to insult the modesty of a woman) and arrested by the police on Friday.

mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2011 01:02 IST
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Little Yadav
Hindustan Times

For the first time since the west region began a special squad to deal with the menace of eve teasing, a man from Bandra (East) was booked under section 509 (intent to insult the modesty of a woman) and arrested by the police on Friday.

The accused, Salim Sharakhat Ansari, 27, is a resident of Indira Nagar slum in Khar (East). He was arrested after the victim’s family called up the police station to report about Ansari, who allegedly made lewd gestures in front of the woman.

Acting on the information given by the caller, the special squad of the Nirmal Nagar police station was immediately dispatched to the spot from where Ansari was arrested.

The police said Ansari and the victim are well acquainted with each other. Ansari allegedly liked the victim who did not reciprocate his feelings. “On Friday, when the victim rebuffed Ansari again, he began passing lewd comments about her,” said Prashant Bagade, senior police inspector of Nirmal Nagar police station.

Ansari was later released on bail.

Twelve charged with indecent behaviour on single day

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mumbai: The special police squad formed after the double murder of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes, who were allegedly stabbed to death by Jitendra Rana, charged 12 people for indecent behaviour under section 110 of the Bombay Police Act on Friday.

The squad, which was started on November 9, has been receiving a tremendous response from the locals. Each police station in the west region has been directed to form a squad to deal with the menace of eve teasing.

The total number of people who have been charged by the special squad since November 9 has gone up to 72.

On Friday, the special squad charged five people at Juhu, three at Bandra-Kurla Complex and one at Bandra (West). Two were fined at Oshiwara and one at Nirmal Nagar. All the miscreants were fined Rs1,200 each and have been asked to appear before the court.

The police said that ever since the squad was formed, they have been receiving many calls from women to report incidents of misbehaviour and eve teasing by hooligans. The police have also been receiving several calls just to appreciate the step that they have taken to ensure the safety and security of women by starting this squad.

The squad members will be dressed in plain clothes and keep a close watch on colleges, gardens, pubs and malls.

On November 9, 33 people were charged, while on November 10, 27 people were booked and fined by the special squad.

Pace of life in metro pushing people to the edge

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mumbai: Blaming urban lifestyle, fierce competition, alienation and other factors typical of life in a metropolis, psychiatrist and sociologists fear that the situation will only worsen.

"People in Mumbai are emotionally hijacked. They fail to understand right from wrong," says psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty. "People are so caught up with their emotions that they have lost the power of reasoning. This is a major cause of rage."

He says that the anonymity in a big city makes people vulnerable and the slightest trigger is enough to set them off.

Sociologist Nandini Sardesai attributes the problem to the fact that people have become more self-centered. "We are leading a life full of stress and strain, which leads to frustration. People have become ultra sensitive, egocentric and selfish. When things don’t happen as per their expectations, they get irritable," she explains.

To deal with these problems Dr Shetty suggests that people interact more with those around them. "Trains are the best place to get acquainted with people. The problem of anonymity, of keeping to ourselves is the biggest problem that we face and interaction is the best way to vent our problems," Dr Shetty says. Sardesai, though, says that people should turn the focus within. "If you can question yourself as to why you are irritable or frustrated, you can very well find the problem within yourself."

Even police officers say that they come across several such cases where petty issues turn ugly.

First Published: Nov 13, 2011 01:01 IST