The Sunday Leader

Police Warn Riders Harassing Female Drivers

The police have warned riders who harass female drivers on the road and also urged the women to file complaints with the police or Women and Children’s Bureau.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that it is a sexual crime to harass a woman and legal action can be filed against the accused.

Last week at least two young women took to social media to expose men on motorbikes who had harassed them on the streets.

Both women were followed by the motorcyclists and photographed using mobile phones.

The women had in turn taken photographs of the men and posted it on Facebook.

One young woman who recounted her ordeal to The Sunday Leader said that the motorcyclist made lewd gestures by after coming close to her car.

“I was travelling from Rajagiriya to Colombo and this guy started following me at Cotta Road. This guy parks himself next to my car on the passenger side and kept staring at me, and when I looked he started gesturing. When I refused to look again and looked forward he drove next to the driver’s seat and continued,” she said.

She said the most frustrating part was the driver of the vehicle next to hers saw what was happening and thought it was amusing and laughed.

“The traffic moved but this guy followed me all the way towards Odel. Close to the Odel traffic lights there was a bit of traffic and I started taking pictures of him but he didn’t really seem to care,” she said.

The female driver said that eventually the motorcyclist rode away.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that such incidents are a form of sexual abuse and action can be taken if a complaint is filed.

5 Comments for “Police Warn Riders Harassing Female Drivers”

  1. Many are the incidents of harassment, but, regretfully , hardly any are successfully prosecuted due, mainly to repercussions tat would follow and if the complainant is not sufficiently connected or supported, an even more retaliatory experience could occur, and maybe the info could be leaked out. Of course there have been incidents where a slightest infringement could be blown up for selfish reasons. However, the approach and punishment should be more effective.

    • carl fernando

      Today I heard from three different women who have been harassed by Policemen on duty at nights. these women have been driving alone or in company of another woman. Is there a law about this? Can a Policeman stop a lone woman drriver and harass her? what should she do?

  2. SF

    This type of guys are disgrace, only happening in countries like us … shame !!

  3. aravinda

    This is an instance of uncultured, uneducated behavior of Sri Lankan men. Best way to catch them is to track them on traffic cameras installed on major highways. Also, traffic police on unmarked vehicle should be deployed to catch such individuals and other violators of the traffic law.

  4. Chandima

    It is sad whether you drive or walk on Colombo roads, women are frequently harassed by men. Recently a female friend of mine from another country who took a morning walk on Galle Face said literally every man who passed her made some sort of comment to her and she felt very uneasy and scared.

    I salute the women like the two female drivers reported in this article, who have the courage to expose these kind of despicable behaviour.

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