Kerala official’s 14 second stare rule: ‘Irritating’, says Sports Minister Jayarajan

"The remarks are irritating. If a bureaucrat makes remarks which are not in law, certainly the minister concerned will examine it and necessary steps will be taken," he told reporters.

By: PTI | Kochi | Updated: August 16, 2016 2:44 pm
Rishi Raj Singh, 14 second rule, kerala Rishi Raj Singh, Kerala 14 second rule, Kerala women 14 seconds rule, women safety, women in Kerala, Kerala women, Kerala women safety Singh made the comments at an event organised by a charitable trust in Kochi two days ago. (Source: PTI photo)

A top Kerala official’s comments that staring ‘annoyingly’ at a woman for 14 seconds can land a man in jail as per certain sections of law has gone viral on social media with a state minister terming them ‘irritating’. “There are sections in law to jail a man for annoyingly staring at a woman for 14 seconds. Please use it (the provisions in the law), if it is the case,” State Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh had said.

READ | Stare at a woman for more than 14 seconds and you might be in trouble: Kerala bureaucrat

Singh made the comments at an event organised by a charitable trust in Kochi two days ago. Urging women to fight the hooligans disturbing them, Singh had also asked them to carry knives and chili spray in their bags to protect themselves from such elements. “Are you carrying a knife in your bag? Are you carrying chilly spray? Time is over for taking such precautions” he had said.

While Singh’s words drew varied reactions on social media, Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan termed them as ‘irritating’. “The remarks are irritating. If a bureaucrat makes remarks which are not in law, certainly the minister concerned will examine it and necessary steps will be taken,” he told reporters.

Singh’s comments drew humorous reactions on social media, with jokes such as — how a man who went to see a woman at her home following a marriage proposal ended up in jail for staring at her for more than 14 seconds. Some also expressed doubts over the points made by Singh.

They asked, “What will happen if a man blinks while staring at her continuously for 14 seconds?… what about a man who stares at a woman wearing sunglasses?”. Rishiraj Singh had courted controversy in July last year for not saluting the then Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala at a passing out parade in Thrissur.

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    Gudla Deepak
    Aug 16, 2016 at 9:29 am
    Looks like the bureaucrat is talking like the ridiculous trump.
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      kamath Ramesh
      Aug 16, 2016 at 11:35 am
      This police office was not staring for 14 sec to girls while he was giving speech? How these bigots still exist on the earth. These people are curse on the mankind.
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        MPalaniappan
        Aug 22, 2016 at 11:38 am
        It is a very good rule when women do not want the stare.There are so many men who stare at women,young girls,who do want to be starrrred AT.lt;br/gt;This ruling is perfect specificallyy for women.When women are pressurised to follow the stare, or to respond,accept the stare.
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          pradeep
          Aug 16, 2016 at 9:07 am
          This GOLDEN Seconds should be progressively reduced by two Secods a week so that the threshold limit comes to zero in seven weeks.
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            Indian
            Aug 16, 2016 at 9:26 am
            Vast Difference is there between an IPS officer and a sports minister , Yes difference is knowledge and education.
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