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Hyderabad Police’s advisory on women’s safety goes viral, gets angry reactions online

"Be confident and talk loud when confronted. Shout for help if situation requires", "If you are in a helpless situation, please shout and run towards a crowded area'" are among the suggestions in the statement.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 3, 2019 1:06:21 pm
hyderabad police, hyderabad gangrape, hyderabad vet rape murder, hyderabad police advisory for women, hyderabad police circular women safety, viral news, indian express The points in the notice with Dos and Don’ts have irked many online as it criticised the cops for prescribing steps to be followed by women and girls while travelling, instead of asking men to behave and not harass.

Even as there were protests across the country and Parliamentarians debated the gangrape and murder of an assistant veterinarian in Hyderabad, the city’s police is being criticised for a circular that was reportedly issued after the incident. The Hyderabad Police is being criticised on social media for issuing a statement that was a 14-point ‘advisory’ for women who were travelling at night in the city. After the statement went viral, people criticised the police on social media and said men should be advised to behave instead.

In the statement that was issued shortly after the brutal gangrape and murder, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar issued the 14-point “advisory” for women.

Some of the points in the now-viral statement included:

– Always wait in crowded and in illuminated areas.

– Avoid isolated areas.

– Never hesitate while giving signal to police patrol cars or Blue Colt police motorcycles in the area for help. They are for your safety and security

– If there is no person visible around, you should walk to a nearest shop, commercial unit and stand very close to it so moving traffic can easily observe you

– Be confident and talk loud when confronted. Shout for help if situation requires

– If you are in a helpless situation, please shout and run towards a crowded area.

The statement also advised women to download emergency apps on their phones that would allow them to alert the city police.

Many on Twitter argued that the advisory is for victims and should instead be directed at the harassers. People said that the police should warn offenders about the consequences of their actions.

Here are some of the reactions to the statement:

Waiting for her two-wheeler to get fixed, the 27-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and killed on the outskirts of Hyderabad on the night of November 27. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case and are presently in judicial custody.

Three policemen were also suspended for an alleged delay in registering an FIR in the case. They were suspended after a probe following allegations levelled by the family that police had cited jurisdictional reasons and not acted on time on their complaint on the missing woman, said Cyberabad Police Commissioner.

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