In a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves across Kerala, Savad Shah, a resident of Kozhikode, was arrested for his lewd and indecent behavior on a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus. The video quickly went viral, leading to public outrage and demands for swift action. This article delves into the details of the incident, the subsequent arrest, public reaction, and the broader issue of women’s safety on public transportation in Kerala.
The Viral Video of Kerala Man Masturbating in Bus
The shocking incident of the Kerala Man occurred on a KSRTC bus in Ernakulam district, where Savad Shah was spotted misbehaving with a female passenger. Nandita Sankara, who witnessed the disturbing act of the Kerala Man, had the presence of mind to record the incident on her mobile phone.
Outrage and Social Media Impact:
Video Goes Viral Once Nandita Sankara shared the video on her Instagram account, it quickly spread like wildfire on various social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram. The graphic nature of the video and the audacity of the accused drew widespread condemnation from netizens, who demanded immediate action from the authorities.
Savad Khan Arrested and Sent for Remand Responding to the public outcry, the Kerala Police swiftly swung into action and apprehended Savad Shah the same day. The accused was charged with multiple offenses, including obscenity and sexual harassment.
Public Outrage and Men’s Group Controversy
The incident ignited a storm of anger among the public, particularly women’s rights activists and organizations working towards gender equality. The Kerala men’s group, All Kerala Men’s Association (AKMA), created a stir when they expressed support for the accused and welcomed him with garlands outside the Aluva Sub-Jail.
After initial investigations and gathering evidence, Savad Shah was remanded to judicial custody, awaiting further legal proceedings. Their defense sparked outrage and led to a broader debate on the role of such groups in safeguarding women’s rights.
Kerala women and in fact all women and girls of Bharat. Need to be aware and confront and shame such people of a particular mindset and upbringing.. All they have in their mind is to molest young girls… Janaab Savad Shah of Kozhikode boarded the bus & sat on a seat reserved pic.twitter.com/UvIDvHiKVn— PehleyDesh (@PehleyDesh) May 23, 2023
Women’s Safety on Public Transportation:
A Lingering Issue The incident involving Savad Shah highlights a broader concern regarding women’s safety on public transportation systems in Kerala and across the nation. Despite ongoing efforts to create safer environments for female passengers, incidents of harassment and assault continue to occur, undermining the trust and confidence of women who rely on public transport for their daily commute.
The arrest of Savad Shah for his disgraceful actions on a KSRTC bus has once again brought the issue of women’s safety to the forefront. This incident serves as a stark reminder that much work remains to be done to ensure safe and harassment-free public transportation for all.
The collective outrage expressed by the public and the subsequent arrest of the accused should serve as a deterrent for others with similar intentions. It is imperative for society, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers to join hands and take concrete steps to create an environment where women can travel without fear or harassment.
Only then can we truly claim to have achieved gender equality and justice in our society.