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Women Cyclists and Runners Targets of Harassment in Chennai

Saturday, June 1, 2019 • Tamil Comments

Woman fitness enthusiasts are facing problems because of being targetted as victims of harassment early in the morning. A 48-year-old woman reports being harassed thrice within one month in three different locations while cycling. Another woman said: “On May 7, when I was running on the R.K. Salai flyover, I was harassed. I did not inform my family, as I would not be allowed to step outside after that. Subsequently, I was harassed near the War Memorial and Haddows Road.” It is abysmal to hear that one is faced with such issues while opting for healthy recreation. 

Such incidents are also taking place in Anna Nagar. Runners and cyclists have also become targets of thieves who attempt to snatch mobiles from them in the early morning hours. One of them reported: “Most often, cyclists keep their phones in the wrist pouch. It becomes easy for robbers to snatch the phones. Usually, slow riders or women are the targets. They are also harassed.” 

Increased patrolling by the police was suggested. At the same time, cycling and running groups have been taking their own precautions such as keeping their valuables in the holder, avoiding earphones and facing the traffic while running. 

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