In a shocking incident, three women were flashed at by a pervert in a busy park in Koramangala 8th Block in Bengaluru. What is appalling is that no one in the park came to the girls' help, some choose to conveniently ignore their cries of distress.
One of the girls narrated the night's incident to Asianet Newsable. "It was around 9.30 PM on Saturday, March 3. Two friends and I were returning home from dinner and thought we would enjoy the breeze in the park. The park is located a lane away from our PG in Koramangala 8th block. We were chatting when suddenly we saw a man flashing his private part at us and started masturbating looking at us," she said.
She continued saying, "We were in complete shock. He did not stop. We screamed at him but nothing worked. The way he looked at us still haunts us. Just next to our bench, there was another on which a guy was sitting and speaking to someone over the phone. Throughout the whole incident, he never turned to us. We screamed loud enough for him to hear. He did not acknowledge us even when we ran past him."
When the girls left the park, the pervert, who looked less than 30-years-old, allegedly followed them out from another exit. He gave them a perverted look while biting his lips. The girls managed to run away, but the thought that still bothers them is 'What if one of them was alone in the park?'
There hardly is any stringent law against such flashers. They are arrested by police under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code that lays down the punishment for obscene acts or words in public. The accused can be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both. There have been several instances of flashers being let off with nothing more than just a slap on the wrist
The victim complained that it wasn't late night or a deserted place where the incident took place. She questions if this is what the metropolis has to offer for girls living in the city and if the government has any responsibility towards the safety of its citizens.
(The names of the victims have been withheld for security reasons)