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As #MeToo movement gains momentum, Kolkata police take up responsibility

NEWS DESK: Kolkata Police have responded to the viral #MeToo hashtag, calling upon women to talk about sexual harassment or assault and urged residents of the West Bengal capital to not to be “afraid and to report to the police every time” they face any threat, reported Hindustan Times. The police department has shared a...

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 18, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

NEWS DESK: Kolkata Police have responded to the viral #MeToo hashtag, calling upon women to talk about sexual harassment or assault and urged residents of the West Bengal capital to not to be “afraid and to report to the police every time” they face any threat, reported Hindustan Times.

The police department has shared a post on Facebook, saying they were “perturbed” by the number of women who shared their stories of sexual abuse and reiterated their “pledge and commitment” by saying that “we hear every single one of you”.

“We are here to take your complaints every time you want to report a case of sexual harassment. So walk into our police stations whenever you want to report sexual harassment, and our officers are there to hear your experiences with patience and kindness and take your complaints,” the department said in the Facebook post.

“We urge you to be strong. We want you to be very, very angry about the leering, jeering, threats, verbal and physical abuses, we are asking you to not be afraid and to report to the police every time.”

Millions of women shared their stories of sexual abuse after Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano made a simple request on Twitter on Sunday asking them to reply to her using the hashtag #MeToo to talk about the “magnitude of the problem”. And in no time, her simple tweet turned into a global campaign.

It wasn’t only women but men also came forward to share their stories and acknowledge that sexual harassment is a serious issue among all genders.

“We also feel it important to talk to boys about the need to stop sexual harassment, and for this, we have recently launched a project, Dear Boys, in schools. We have visited ten schools of Kolkata, and the second part of Dear Boys will start mid-November,” the force also said in the post shared by over 1,230 people.

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