Ms. Padmini, a traffic warden, has accused local police, investigating her complaint of sexual harassment, of intimidation in order to protect the interest of the offender. The officer’s contention is that, while she was on traffic duty, the accused verbally abused her, punched her on the chest, and forcibly removed the nametag pinned to her shirt. The incident occurred on 2 November, at about 11 a.m., in one of the busiest traffic junctions of Kochi city, Kerala, in front of a large crowd.
While officially reporting the case, Ms. Padmini has met the fate of other complainants in India. The police officers first ordered her to go to the Traffic Police Station to lodge her complaint. While on her way there, she was ordered to make her report at the Kadavanthara Police Station. When she arrived at the Kadavanthara Police Station, she was ordered to make her report at the City North Police Station instead. To report a crime that occurred at 11 a.m., the officer had to wait for three hours and was made to run between police stations. Read more