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

Rishiraj Singh statement, that if a man stares at a woman for more than 14 seconds, he can land in jail, has irked people across the country and has set the Internet buzzing with reactions.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2016 11:58 am
Rishi Raj Singh, Rishi Raj Singh 14 second rule, Kerala 14 second rule, Kerala women 14 seconds rule, women safety, women in Kerala, Kerala women, Kerala women safety, Rishiraj Singh has stated a 14-second rule that might land you in jail for staring too long.

Next time you are in Kerala and a woman happens to pass by you, don’t look. Or, maybe you can look, but don’t stare at her for more than 14 seconds. Sounds absurd? Maybe for you, but not for Kerala Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh.

So, according to Singh, if a man is found staring at a woman for more than 14 seconds, a case can be filed against him. While we can only hope that Singh by now knows that no such law exists in the country, social media has been abuzz with the bizarre statement made by the bureaucrat.

Singh made the statement in good spirit and upholding the importance of safety of women in the country, just that quoting a statement as law out of thin air did not go down well with a lot of people. Singh was addressing a group of people at an event in Kochi about women’s safety when he made the statement. Further, Singh also emphasised on how important it is for women to learn martial arts as a life skill. He prompted them to report about situations which they feel outrage their modesty. He also urged women to keep small knives and pepper sprays handy.

Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjaya who spoke to India Today about the incident called it a “mindless” statement to make. “There is no such provision in any law of this country and there cannot be such a mindless provision of law in any other country of the world. Period.”

Although his 14-second rule is preposterous, Singh’s overall remarks are important to heed in a state which records a large number of sexual assault cases against women. Kerala might have a healthy sex ratio, but its record is very patchy.

But that hasn’t stopped people from ranting against Singh’s statement on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Tell us what you think about the Excise Commissioner’s bizarre statement in the comments section.

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    Dinosaur.love
    Aug 16, 2016 at 6:01 am
    Then whom will women look for, for admiring their beauty? Women?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That guy is out of sync with his young himself.
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      Ashok
      Aug 16, 2016 at 6:21 am
      Good point make a law
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        ANG
        Aug 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm
        This seems similar to untouchability like lower caste people were not allowed to look upper caste people before in kerala. Some people will make money and will become arrogant soon and want poor people to call them sir or madam and want to torture them. This law can be misused to a greater extent. Better change the law like human should live like robots or aliens without any kind of emotions.
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          big b
          Aug 16, 2016 at 6:42 am
          I think more stringent mesaures are required to teach some harsh lessons to a male chauvinistic juric society, esp mallus, this coming from a mallu male who has travelled sufficiently around the world to realise that we Indians have not yet learned to respect another person's privacy..
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            big b
            Aug 16, 2016 at 6:44 am
            I would add the rule should apply to woman as well
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              Raj Appal
              Aug 16, 2016 at 8:10 am
              Eve teasers and perverts getting irked, decent gentlmen agree with Mr. Rishi. who cares about what twitteratis and Jayarajan says. This is the same Jayarajan who said Boxing legend Muhammed Ali is from Kerala! a country where women getting harrased everywhere required extreme laws like this to protect them. ladies for your safety learn martial arts, keep pepper sprays and small knives in your bags. women in western countries been doing this for year now.
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                Nanban
                Aug 16, 2016 at 5:46 am
                IS this a part of the new law against men ? I recall something being posted after the horrific december delhi incident .
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                  giri nambally
                  Aug 16, 2016 at 6:40 am
                  He was kind,in America I believe it's 5secs
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                    N.D.Jain ND
                    Aug 16, 2016 at 5:12 am
                    Simply stupid.
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                      Avinash Karnick
                      Aug 16, 2016 at 5:44 am
                      A clical case of a paranoid mental make up. Nothing else
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                        Sekar
                        Aug 16, 2016 at 6:09 am
                        Who gets to say "your clock starts now"?
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                          lafde
                          Aug 16, 2016 at 5:53 am
                          There is a work around. Stare for 13 seconds, close the eyes and look again for 13 seconds. :-)
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                            Xavier
                            Aug 16, 2016 at 6:38 am
                            It is really horrible that manhood is being abused like this. In a talk show in the Malayalam Manorama channel, a leading feminist says, a man should not look at a woman , why fourteen seconds- not even half a minute. Another says that look of a man makes a woman uncomfortable. This is denigrating womanhood as well. In a state where more than half the workforce is woman, a man's look makes a woman uncomfortable needs to be taken with more than a pinch of salt. It seems feminists agenda id working overtime so that man can be hared with these kinds of inhuman 'laws'.
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                              Shaaz Momin
                              Aug 16, 2016 at 5:53 am
                              Awesome!! I like this law. There are lots of woman who don't like attention. So this just protects them from unwanted gaze. So men just lower your gaze. That is called decency. Show some cl.
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                                Anand Ch
                                Aug 16, 2016 at 8:04 am
                                This is hilarious . Every one should carry stop watch or keep his mobile camera on. Or else the police can question any body. For a change all men should wear veils to get protection.
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                                  Raja Ray
                                  Aug 16, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                  Who will be judging that it is 13 or 15 sec. We have to carry a judge
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                                    Raju Panapana
                                    Aug 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                    good for Kerala, they will produce good mathematicians in the future. :-)
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                                      C Sasidhar
                                      Aug 16, 2016 at 7:10 am
                                      It is not the duration of staring but the purported intensions. But who will infer the intensions? Better leave it to the woman, who was subjected to staring. As quipped by, Mr. H.S.Pandya, a Sanskrit scholar, only the deer can smell the presence of the wolf.lt;br/gt;Mr.Singh can only give a clarification.
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                                        Siddharth
                                        Aug 16, 2016 at 6:36 am
                                        This guy has great future in AAP at Delhi. He should apply
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                                          sudheer
                                          Aug 16, 2016 at 6:33 am
                                          Make this rule for all not only for women
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                                            s.jacob
                                            Aug 16, 2016 at 6:13 am
                                            Probably Mr. Singh didn't expect this to go viral and what he was trying to tell the people not to stare at women which is indecent. Looking at a woman and staring at a woman are two different things. When you go to a bank or any other office, you will have to talk to women employees and obviously you will be looking at them. I guess he expected men to be more decent while dealing with women. I believe there is no such rule as a 14 second restriction but there is no need to make such hue and cry about what he said.
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