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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    Rajendra Gupta
    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    the song 1-2-3 stops at 13 count
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      anonymous
      Jun 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm
      Till the point things get normal, such dirty tricks are necessary. Very very useful law, this will change the way men takes women for granted. And Women will lose fear. Those who oppose don't have brain. So should shutup and let the smart people take decisions for India. Crime against women is reaching to worst, whatever trial and error measures can work, should be taken. Rather than launching useless apps.
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        Womenaredumb
        Jul 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm
        I hope you get AIDS
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        anonymous
        Jun 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm
        I support this. 14secs or whatever is just a name but real intention is good.
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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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                  Womenaredumb
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm
                  I think you need AIDS
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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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