K’taka legislature panel for ban on mobile phones in schools, colleges to curb rape
BANGALORE: In a
recommendation stoking controversy, a committee of the Karnataka Legislature
has proposed a ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges as a step to curb
incidents like rape.
should direct the Education Department to impose a compulsory ban on students
in schools and colleges bringing mobile phones,” the Legislature Committee on
Women and Child Welfare said.
The single point
recommendation in the report of the 23-member committee headed by Shakuntala
Shetty, tabled in both the Houses of Karnataka legislature on Friday, is
contained under a chapter under the title, “rape/missing cases of women”.
The report refers to
the rising incidents of rape across the country and cites, the 2012 Delhi gang
rape and fatal assault of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern as also the recent
gang rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, which have made
“Indians hang their heads in shame before the entire world.”
“We have found during
our interactions that mobile is the reason behind kidnap and rape among school
and college going girls,” Shetty said, defending the panel’s controversial
findings and recommendations.
She said “When I did go
through two or three rape cases of minor girls, what they told me was that they
had got a missed call and out of curiosity they wanted to find out about it and
it started from there….”
“As we found several
such incidents, we in the committee decided to recommend a ban on mobiles; …it
is not necessary for students, so we have mentioned that it should be banned.”
recommendation, the committee has suggested that seminars and awareness
programmes should be conducted in schools and colleges periodically as a
measure to stop atrocities against women.
made by the committee include- installation of CCTV cameras at police stations
to bring transparency in their functioning, deputing 20 per cent women police
staff in each station, setting up of additional women police stations, and
separate toilet facility for women at police stations.
The committee has
suggested that all police stations in the state should be made women friendly
and women who approach police or those brought on some charges should be
treated with dignity.
“I have not seen this
(committee’s report). So, I can’t comment. My personal opinion is that it does
not affect the behaviour of children,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said.
Primary and Secondary
Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar said such a ban cannot be imposed under
“….it cannot be
imposed. In the eye of law, we cannot impose such type of prohibition, but we
have to specify the area where we should not use the mobile like we say where
we should not use cigarette, horn and all that. Like that even for mobile it
should be specified where we should not use,”
being the reason for that (rape) I don’t agree. There are many other reasons
for that,” he said.
Union Chemicals and
Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar said, “I think mobile phones should not be
allowed in schools and colleges.”