Avoid being Mary Kom, call cops instead: SSP to IT professionals

SSP Naunihal Singh

Continuing with the awareness campaign on sexual harassment, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh on Tuesday interacted with Information Technology (IT) professionals for the first time.

"Even if you are ogling at a woman, she can file an FIR against you. Once your name comes into an FIR, it stays permanently. You will be denied jobs in the government and the private sectors and if the complaining woman wishes, she can run a trial against you in which you will be stuck for years. On top of that, no one wants to get married to a molester," said the SSP, advising the professionals to have "100" as emergency number in their mobiles.

Creating a light mood, the SSP gave examples of Punjabi songs, and said Chandigarh Police was not "filmi" police, which reached the spot after everything was over.

"Click pictures, make videos; take full advantage of having a multimedia phone with you. Women are amazingly intuitive. The moment you sense that there might be a problem, immediately give a call to the control room. Do not wait for long," said Singh said as he advised caution to the women, who were less in number than their male counterparts at the interaction.

Recalling the case of Komal Kohli, a 19-year-old, in which four boys tried to outrage her modesty, she slapped one of the accused in retaliation. The SSP advised the women employees to avoid being Mary Kom.

"In the Mary Kom method of protecting yourself, there is a chance that you might get hurt. I suggest you use your brains instead. If you feel that someone is following you or acting in an offending way, take a note of the scene and details like his vehicle number, colour of clothes and appearance, and inform the police," the SSP said.

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