Hyderabad, July 4: With an aim to curb harassment of women and punish offenders more stringently, the Telangana police are likely to come up with an ‘Anti-Eve Teasing Act’. Telangana will be the second state after Tamil Nadu, which will be coming up with such act.
Addressing the panel discussion on Women Safety in Hyderabad, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crimes and SIT) Swati Lakra on Monday said “The proposal for a new Anti-Eve Teasing Act has already gone from Telangana and it is now pending with the Centre. We hope to have the Act in place soon and then the present Rs 50 penalty with which harassers are let off will become Rs 10,000 or Rs 20,000. That will be a great deterrent”.
The event, ‘Be Bold for Change’ was organised by Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) which is the women wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).
Lakra further added that there were several laws for the protection of women in India. But very few of them know the importance of the act and asked that how many were aware of these laws?
The Director General of Police Anurag Sharma informed, “The proposal was sent in 2016 and the Telangana Police Department is pursuing the matter with the Centre. We are likely to get a nod in the next couple of months. The proposal has already got an approval from Telangana State Cabinet”.
FLO Chairperson Kamini Saraf previously said that there was no limit to what women could accomplish. The key was to not let anyone tell them they were weak because they were women.