Special Courts For Crime s Against Tourist Said Kerala

Published on: 10 Sep, 2014
Published under: Kerala Travel News

With the increasing crimes against the foreign tourist by some locals , people have asked for a special court in Kerala to deal with crime against the tourist coming for holidays in Kerala.A cross section of people has demanded stringent steps to deal with the attacks on foreigners following the assault on two British tourists by a few youths on the beach on Saturday.

According to criminologist James Vadackumchery, a special court to deal with such crimes should be set up so that the police investigation would be completed in one month.

“The long process of criminal investigation and court proceedings often becomes untenable for the tourists who are here for a short while. The verdict should be pronounced before the victims leave the state. Otherwise, they must be provided relief funds by the government to win back their confidence,” he says.

This is not for the first time that foreigners have been badly treated in Kerala. In January, three foreign girls, Kristine MacMillan, Candian, Jennifer Crane, American and Sacha Moreland from New Zealand registered a complaint with Alappuzha north police station that a houseboat crew had stolen USD 45 and Rs 8000 from them and made their stay unsafe. But, the accused did not face any legal proceedings as the foreigners had no time to go ahead with the case.

Mr Laju Daniel, a tour operator, urged the authorities to take strong steps to restore the foreigners’ faith. “Tourists must be advised to travel in groups as far as possible and to avoid secluded spots at odd hours. The government has the responsibility to protect foreign tourists. A special police squad must be formed to investigate such cases and ensure stringent punishment,” he said.

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