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File status report on rape probes: High Court

Thursday, 8 November 2012 - 4:26pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Vulgar dancing in films and the rise in crimes against women could be some of the factors in the rise in crime against women, the court observed.

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to file a status report, in two weeks time, on how they were proceeding with the investigation of all the rape cases. A division bench, headed by the chief justice Vikramajit Sen, was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the Government to follow the guidelines issued by High Court and Supreme Court while investigating rape cases.

The court expressed concern over rise in crimes against the women and observed that vulgar dancing in films could be one of the factors. The PIL was filed by MK Vijaya Kumar, an advocate, after a Nepali girl student of National Law School was gang raped in Bangalore University campus on October 14. Kumar had contended that the state government was not showing any concern towards the safety of the women.

He has sought for a direction from the central and the state governments to the police officers, that they should not be influenced by the politicians while carrying out rape case investigations.

The petitioner’s counsel GR Mohan made a submission to the court saying that though a former minister and a present minister were facing allegations of rape, there has been no progress in investigations. During the course of the arguments, the division bench orally observed, “One of the factors leading to this crime could be vulgar dancing in films. It is embarrassing to see what these persons, whom we call heroines, have reduced themselves to.”

Syed Karim had filed an interlocutory application seeking  protection for himself and his family. His daughter was recently raped in an autorickshaw. Karim has contended that after his filing the complaint, he is being threatened and was attacked recently.
The bench has asked the police to provide protection.

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