Chandigarh: Haryana government on Wednesday took an important decision to control the ever rising sexual harassment and stalking cases in the state. Taking a cue from Delhi, the Haryana government announced implementing Odd-Even rule in the state. Odd-Even rule will basically mean odd days for girls and even days for MLAs sons to go out.
Recently, a 29-year-old DJ, Varnika Kundu, was stalked and harassed by Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, after which the state government was in pressure to take action. Vikas Barala was arrested after Varnika filed an FIR against him but the accused managed to get bail in no time with all the charges against him being dropped.
After congress raised the issue in lower house of parliament, government promised to take some serious steps and later announced implementation of Odd-Even rule. Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, in his address to nation said, “Women themselves aren’t the problem but their interaction with men, mostly MLAs sons, is the problem. We can’t pass a law that says women can’t go out so we have decided to implement a rule that ensures no interaction of women with MLAs sons. Odd-Even rule will suffice that.”
A majority of MLAs have called it a bad decision. “Lives of MLAs sons have become more difficult as they can’t move in a red beacon vehicle and have to live a life of a common man. As if that wasn’t enough government is introducing Odd-Even rule,” said one of the MLAs.
CM Arvind Kejriwal has attacked BJP government saying they have copied Delhi government’s idea without giving any credit. Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “BJP has no policy at place and is just blatantly copying AAP’s ideas of governance”. Arvind Kejriwal went silent after Kapil Mishra replied to his tweet.
The incident and government’s decision of reducing people’s interaction have raised a question “Are we understanding the fundamental reason behind the crimes against women or just trying to solve it superficially?”