After the recent incident of an BPO employee being raped and murdered in Bangalore, there were a lot of mails floating around, talking about the safety of women, who work during late hours. Most of the mails talked about how women need to be careful, dress properly and if possible do not step out of the house after dark. Some of them spoke about learning some physical skills to overpower the attacker or carrying stuff like pepper spray, or smart moves like throwing your bag in one direction and running in the opposite one.
But this one piece of information that landed in my mailbox was worth sharing. This talks about a basic right that every woman in this country has:
“ the law clearly states that between 6 pm and 6am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her. It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6pm and 6 am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN police station. And if she is arrested by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at the time of arrest.”
I am not sure how many women are aware of this, I was not aware of this law, neither did most of the women around me. Apparently this is to prevent any officers on duty from exploiting women, under the guise of law or should I say lawlessness.