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Karnataka Assembly panel wants cellphone ban to prevent rapes

Bangalore, 12 July-2014(Indilens Web Team):An Assembly panel in Karnataka became the butt of ridicule today when its recommendation to ban mobile phones in schools and colleges in order to curb rapes came out in the public domain.

Karnataka Assembly panel wants cellphone ban to prevent rapes

Congress MLA Shakuntala Shetty. Image courtesy ibnlive

According to a CNN-IBN report, the bizarre suggestion was given by the Legislature Committee on Women and Child Welfare, which said, “Karnataka government should direct the education department to impose a compulsory ban on students in schools and colleges bringing mobile phones.”

Congress MLA Shakuntala Shetty, who headed the panel, felt that the mobiles should be kept away from students till they become an adult at the age of 18.

“Shetty cited an incident where a gang of three men called a college girl on her cell phone, lured her to a under construction building and then tried to rape her. The girl jumped to her death to escape the rape bid”—the CNN-IBN report said.

“We have found during our interactions that mobile is the reason behind kidnap and rape among school and college going girls,” Shetty said.

“When I did go through two or three rape cases of minor girls, what they told me was that they had got a missed call and out of curiosity they wanted to find out about it and it started from there….”

“As we found several such incidents, we in the committee decided to recommend a ban on mobiles; …it is not necessary for students, so we have mentioned that it should be banned,” the CNN-IBN report quoted Shetty as saying.
However, her own partymen are not in agreement with her as the Karnataka Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar said that it is difficult to impose the ban while senior party leader Manish Tewari called the recommendation weird and laughable.

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