On New Year’s Eve police in India will troll nearly 600,000 men previously reported for sexual harassment, warning them via text message to be on their best behaviour around the ladies – or face the consequences.
“You and your phone are still under observation. Hope your conduct is upright now. We wish you a Happy New Year,” says the SMS greeting from police in Uttar Pradesh state.
The messages will be sent on Thursday to “Eve-teasers” – the South Asian term for sexual harassers of women.
Senior police official Navniet Sekera heads a women’s help-line that is answered 24/7 across the state to address sexual harassment incidents.