Patna:Â In a bid to the curb rising crime incidents against women, Bihar police can now lodge a case against a man for giving missed call to a woman.Â CID Inspector General (IG) (Weaker Section) Arvind Pandey issued a circular to all district Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Government Rail Police (GRP) SPs on Tuesday asking them to ensure that police investigates and takes action in such cases with utmost seriousness.
â€œGiving repeated missed calls to women is a serious issue. It makes them feel insecure and robs them of peace of mind. We have decided to count it as a crime of stalking under Section 354D (i) and (ii) of the IPC,â€ Pandey said.
Pandey, however, said that police officials have been told to ignore the matter if missed calls are given once or twice, but crack the whip if they are repeated and with an intention to harass women.
The idea of taking action against â€˜missed call menaceâ€™ emerged during a two-day training programme for Station House Officers of women police stations in the state as well awareness camps on crime against women that were conducted by CID at girls schools and colleges.