Kerala Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh has warned that texting too many 'hello' messages could also invite trouble. During an interaction with students in Alappuzha, Singh said laws that prevent atrocities against women are not utilised properly which is one reason for crimes to increase. 

 


"A woman can register a complaint if she feels her modesty is outraged through action, words or even looks. Unfortunately, last year only eight such complaints were received. When women come forward and respond crime rate will also drop," said Singh.

 


Singh also added that it's important for women to learn martial arts as a life skill to protect herself.  

 

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The top official's statement that if a man stares annoyingly at a woman for 14 seconds, he can be charged with harassment had led to a furore in the state a few months back. But though he received enough brickbats for his statement the officer stuck to his stance. 

 


The 1985 batch IPS officer has a reputation for being straight forward and tough. His bold actions against influential and the corrupt have won him appreciation from the public. 

 

 

Singh, known as an upright officer and a controversial figure got shifted from one department to another during the former Congress-led government and had created headache for the power centres wherever he was posted.