Make Stalking A Non-Bailable Offence #TalkingStalking
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I was driving back home one night when I realised that my car was being followed by an SUV. There were two men inside and they seemed to be enjoying harassing me.
They kept swerving in front of my car and at one point managed to block me. The man in the passenger seat got out of the car and began walking towards mine. I reversed my car as fast as I could but the ordeal continued for a few minutes until I called the police and got help from a PCR van.
I was scared for my safety and I shudder to think what could’ve happened. Had I not been lucky enough to get help from the police at the right time, this incident could have resulted in kidnapping, sexual assault, or more!
I registered an FIR right away, but within hours of filing the complaint, the accused was let out on bail. He belonged to an influential political family and the current law is not in favour of the victims of stalking.
I am not alone. The number of stalking incidents are on the rise in India. According to National Crime bureau data, over 80% of the people accused of stalking are given bail before the chargesheet is filed.
In many cases when the stalkers are let out on bail, the harassment continues and gets worse. There have been instances of acid attacks, rapes, and even murders.
That’s why I along with The Quint have started this petition to Make Stalking A Non-Bailable Offence.
Just two months back, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by four boys from her village in Uttar Pradesh. The boys had been stalking and harassing her for more than six months.
A 21-year-old woman was burnt alive at her home in Chennai by her former classmate after she reportedly rejected his proposal of marriage.
If stalking is so common in our country then it should not be a bailable offence.
I want stringent and non-bailable provisions in the law to act as a deterrent against stalking and other crimes that stem from it. Every stalker should think twice before harassing someone.
I have partnered with MP Dr Shashi Tharoor and The Quint to make stalking a non-bailable offence.
If we get thousands of supporters, Dr Tharoor can present this petition as part of a private member's bill in the Winter Session of Parliament.
Let’s make sure that our lawmakers take cognizance that stalking is a serious crime. Join me in this fight and let's rally for a zero-tolerance stance on stalking.
If you have been stalked or are being stalked, send your experiences to +91 9910181818.
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