Don’t Stare At Woman More Than 14 Sec­ond Or You Could Face Charges

Com­mis­sioner irks peo­ple across coun­try and has sets the In­ter­net buzzing with re­ac­tions

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Next time you are in Ker­ala and a woman hap­pens to pass by you, don’t look. Or, maybe you can look, but don’t stare at her for more than 14 sec­onds. Sounds ab­surd? Maybe for you, but not for Ker­ala Ex­cise Com­mis­sioner Rishiraj Singh. So, ac­cord­ing to Singh, if a man is found star­ing at a woman for more than 14 sec­onds, a case can be filed against him. While we can only hope that Singh by now knows that no such law ex­ists in the coun­try, so­cial me­dia has been abuzz with the bizarre state­ment made by the bureau­crat. Singh made the state­ment in good spirit and up­hold­ing the im­por­tance of safety of women in the coun­try, just that quot­ing a state­ment as law out of thin air did not go down well with a lot of peo­ple. Singh was ad­dress­ing a group of peo­ple at an event in Kochi about women’s safety when he made the state­ment. Fur­ther, Singh also em­pha­sised on how im­por­tant it is for women to learn mar­tial arts as a life skill. He prompted them to report about sit­u­a­tions which they feel out­rage their mod­esty. He also urged women to keep small knives and pep­per sprays handy. Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhanan­jaya who spoke to In­dia To­day about the in­ci­dent called it a “mind­less” state­ment to make. “There is no such pro­vi­sion in any law of this coun­try and there can­not be such a mind­less pro­vi­sion of law in any other coun­try of the world. Pe­riod.” Al­though his 14-sec­ond rule is pre­pos­ter­ous, Singh’s over­all re­marks are im­por­tant to heed in a state which records a large num­ber of sex­ual as­sault cases against women. Ker­ala might have a healthy sex ra­tio, but its record is very patchy. But that hasn’t stopped peo­ple from rant­ing against Singh’s state­ment on Face­bookand Twit­ter, too.

Singh was ad­dress­ing a group of peo­ple at an event in Kochi about women’s safety when he made the state­ment.

Rishiraj Singh has stated a 14-sec­ond rule that might land you in jail for star­ing too long.

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