Many have blamed it on tank tops, hot pants and the clothes girls wear. Now, some are blaming sexual harassment on the free use of mobile phones on Karnataka campuses. A legislators’ panel from the southern state has recommended a
total ban of cellphones in schools and colleges to prevent sexual harassment.
‘Children go to schools and colleges to study, not to play with mobile phones and invite trouble for themselves,’ Shakuntala Shetty, the committee chairperson and Congress MLA from Puttur said.
‘We are not against technology but it’s important to draw a line between good and bad,’ said Shetty, suggesting that mobiles were being misused to access objectionable material and invite calls from sexual predators.
‘This ridiculous activity called ‘phone friendship’ is dangerous…. Girls go missing for a few days and then return after spending time with those who lured them through mobile phone chats and calls,’ she said.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, sexual crimes against girls in Karnataka have gone up alarmingly. From 142 cases in 2012, the figure went up to 270 in 2013. No figures were available on how many cases were linked to use of mobiles.
Mobiles should be banned till Class XII only. Children have been found to steal money from parents to buy handsets.. Some steal other students’ mobiles. A student stole phones from five teachers and gave them to girls to establish a 24×7 link with them.