Udupi: “The public should act as the eyes and ears of the police. If they alert the police as soon as they spot anything suspicious, it would help in preventing crimes,” said K Annamalai, the district Superintendent of Police.
He was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Crime Prevention Month’ programme organised by the district police at the Government Pre-University College Udupi here, on Saturday, December 5. This time, the focus of the crime prevention month is on Chain Snatching, Robbery and Theft cases.
Annamalai said, “Cooperation and participation between the police and the public makes policing more effective. Chain Snatching, Robbery and Theft cases are on the rise in the district. People should be more aware and educated on this. The Police department will put in our best efforts to arrest the culprits. But for this, we also require the help of the public. If any chain snatching incident occurs anywhere, the people in the vicinity should immediately inform the police control room as it will help in nabbing the snatchers.”
He informed the public to make alternate arrangements for the protection of their houses whenever they go on tour or outside for long periods of time. It would be good to keep the police informed, he said. If people are alert, many crimes can be averted, he added.
P Jyothi Nayak, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, delivering the talk on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Work place’ said that every organisation must have a committee that addresses issues of sexual harassment. Laws should be equal since these are serious matters that affect one’s self-esteem and confidence.
“Loss of dignity is more if it is a woman employee since society is harsher towards them. Hence, these committees should have counsellors who can help a victim overcome a traumatic incident,” she added.
Anything that is unwelcome, be it physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct, is classified as sexual harassment at workplace. For that matter, if a domestic help is abused sexually in any way that too will be classified under this, Nayak said.
‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013’, which came into existence on 9 December, 2013, was merely a guideline before.
The Act is based on the Supreme Court’s guidelines in the case of Vishakha vs the State of Rajasthan (1997) which put the onus of a safe working environment on the employer.
Advocate Hamzath Hejamadi Kodi delivered a talk on the POCSO Act. Principal of the College Ramesh, DySp of Udupi Chandrashekar and others were present on the occasion.