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Indian police send warning texts to sex offenders on New Year

06:46 PM | 31 Dec, 2015
Indian police send warning texts to sex offenders on New Year
NEW DELHI (Web Desk) - On New Year's Eve, police in India will troll nearly 600,000 men previously reported for sexual harassment, warning them via text message to be on their best behaviour around the ladies - or face the consequences.

"You and your phone are still under observation. Hope your conduct is upright now. We wish you a Happy New Year," says the SMS greeting from police in Uttar Pradesh state.

The messages will be sent on Thursday to "Eve-teasers" - the South Asian term for sexual harassers of women, Indian media reported on Thursday.

Senior police official Navniet Sekera heads a women's help-line that is answered 24/7 across the state to address sexual harassment incidents.

"The message to eve-teasers, or pesky callers, is a reminder that the police have their record. It is meant as a deterrent. We are trying to tell them that any attempt to trouble women and create mischief will prompt strict action," Sekera warned.

He said so far 500,000 women have complained since the hotline was launched in 2012, adding "98.6 percent of complainants have given positive feedback".

"In our society, women are not encouraged to approach police. They tolerate and don't speak up and it is taboo for women to raise voices against sexual harassment. We have to make women come forward," Sekera told Al Jazeera.

"Our aim is not just to help women but to empower them."

According to India's National Crimes Records Bureau, a total of 309,546 cases of crime against women were reported in 2013, a jump of 27 percent over the previous year.

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The gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student in December 2012 led to massive protests calling for measures to protect women. The horrific details of the crime brought about major awareness of sexual offences against women in the country of 1.2 billion people.

On the other hand Kavita Krishnan, secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), said she's not convinced of the effectiveness of the police measures in Uttar Pradesh. "It's an image-building exercise, a fairy-tale being spun out by the police," she said.

"Every day women face sexual harassment. It's a nightmarish situation for them because women are afraid to speak. Incidence of violence and custodial violence is a big problem in UP [Uttar Pradesh]," she added.

However, Sekera said sexual harassment complaints have dropped from 1,491 in 2013 to 551 as of November 30 this year in the state.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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