Ban mobile phones in schools, colleges: Karnataka panel

The committee has suggested that all police stations in the state should be made women friendly.

By: Press Trust of India | Bangalore | Updated: July 13, 2014 12:42 am

In a recommendation that has stoked a controversy, a committee of the Karnataka Legislature has proposed a ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges as a step to curb incidents like rape.

“Karnataka government should direct the Education Department to impose a compulsory ban on students in schools and colleges bringing mobile phones,” the Legislature Committee on Women and Child Welfare said.

The recommendation in the report of the 23-member committee headed by Shakuntala Shetty, tabled in both Houses of Karnataka legislature on Friday, is contained under a chapter under the title, “rape/missing cases of women”.

The report refers to the rising incidents of rape across the country and cites the 2012 Delhi gangrape case and the recent gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, which have made “Indians hang their heads in shame before the entire world”.

“We have found during our interactions that mobile is the reason behind kidnap and rape among school and college going girls,” Shetty said, defending the panel’s controversial findings and recommendations.

“When I did go through two or three rape cases of minor girls, what they told me was that they had got a missed call and out of curiosity they wanted to find out about it and it started from there…,” she said. “As we found several such incidents, we in the committee decided to recommend a ban on mobiles; …it is not necessary for students, so we have mentioned that it should be banned.”

In another recommendation, the committee has suggested that seminars and awareness programmes should be conducted in schools and colleges periodically as a measure to stop atrocities against women.

Other recommendations made by the committee include installation of CCTV cameras at police stations, deputing 20 per cent women police staff in each station, additional women police stations, and separate toilet facility for women at stations.

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    Dharma
    Jul 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm
    Finally we are getting somewhere. Free access to through mobile is the main cause of rapes committed by marginalized / anti-social elements. Not ban on mobile is the need - ban on is the need both on mobile and the web. If you feed the mind of the society with filth, how can you expect it to stay healthy ? Freedom in this case BS and too far stretched.
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    S.Gonesh
    Jul 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    India is becoming a moral degraded country. The reason is not onlythe mobile phones, but also due to the Bollywood celeb rotten culture, thetasteless foreign dress and the refusing to obey the fundamental moralcode of behaviour, neglected not only by boys and girls also by adults withpainted faces half or full naked exposed by the media in full. This all iscreating a mentally ill society with no respect for religious values of thenation.
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    donald davidson
    Jul 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    can someone please ban the honorable members of this committee from our planet (along with the rapists)? we are trying to have a civilisation here.
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    Girish
    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    okay, so a newer cause for rape has been discovered by Indian politicians; no other country can stake claim to such pioneers in imagination.
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    Ramkumar Srinivasan
    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm
    Ban the Phones: Then a) Parents wont know where the children are; b) Children will get more courageous that they are not under the control of the parents at that moment; c) Escape scope for a victim is LOST due to the absence of a phone and so on. This team which suggests to ban phones is bereft of creative imagination.
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    Reghu Varma
    Jul 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    Now banning mobile. Then the recommendation will be to ban girls studying in mixed schools and colleges. Times have changed. Technology has changed. Mind set not yet changed! It is awareness in the right use of the mobile that has to be imparted. Just as knife. When its real use is known, it will be used only for that purpose.
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