Women's body livid after accused in hidden mobile phone case is given bail

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-09-17 19:25 Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada district unit of the National Women’s Front on Saturday staged a protest in the city demanding the government to hand over the hidden mobile phone camera case to the Criminal Investigation Department. The protest comes two days after M.Sc. student Santosh M Acharya, the main accused in the case, was granted bail by a local court within a day after his arrest by the Mangaluru city police. The protesters lamented that the case was being taken lightly since the beginning. Even though a hidden mobile was found in the women’s toilet on August 24, the university lodged a formal police complaint only on September 1. The police managed to catch the accused after two weeks but they registered silly cases against him. Santosh, a resident of Sullia, was charged under IT Act 66 and Section 354 C (voyeurism). However, the protesters demanded that the police should charge him of violence against women, as he has violated the privacy of the female students of the university and also posed a threat to their safety and security on the campus. Speaking on the occasion, Shaida Tasnim, general secretary, Federation of Women’s India Movement, said that if a sadist and pervert like Santosh can get bail within a day after his arrest, then it was an insult to all women. “This development has exposed the loopholes in the system,” she said. Shahida Yusuf, general secretary of NWF, said that the system had indirectly shown a green signal to a ‘dangerous pervert’ to commit more crimes by allowing him to walk free in spite of his confession. “Stringent action should be taken against him. The police should also investigate whether more people had involved behind the crime,” she said.