Today, Dec 7, 2011, we, campaign members; WOREC, BDS, AWON, OUTLINE had been in traffic police. From the perpetrator side, two members from bus association and conductor were there. In the beginning conductor didn’t accept, he just said that I touched her only. Later, conductor accepted and ask for excuse and also promised for not repeating the case ever. About 1 pm, we all agreed to make consensus as he ask for amnesty. Driver, bus association member Gautam Adhikari also signed as witnessed. Meanwhile, colleagues discussed about the roles and responsibilities and code of conduct on public transport as well. It is a representative case only but there are few things I noticed which has to addressed;
1. The traffic police also don’t aware on code of conduct on public transport 2067
2. No knowledge on dealing of such cases, they asked to share the case in the common room publicly, room # 10-l asked separate room later. No confidentiality, many police and non-police man coming and listening the case. I continuously ask for being out from room.
3. No women police for dealing such case In conclusion, sexual harassment is very much common but ignored by all stakeholders.
This can be minimized drastically if the concerned stakeholders have willingness to implement. It is not easy to complaint by time, knowledge, security and process. It is really tough to complain to those who have access and knowledge.
Can you imagine what is happening with women and gilrs in public transport? How long should we go to make GBV free public transport in NEPAL?
At last but not least, thank you to my campgain collegues, DIGP and his team for their kind coperation.
Sorry for taking your time.