Marie Egbuchulam, Japanese model, shared in a series of tweets her frustration over police response to an encounter with an apparent stalker.
An unknown man appeared out of nowhere on Marie’s doorstep but when she called the police they told her to convince the man to leave, she became upset and asked why they couldn’t deal with something illegal and that if she were to talk to the man, there would be no need for police, one officer left saying “Well, do as you wish.” Stunned, she called the police station, but was told to have the remaining officer assist her. “I ended up talking over the fence with the perpetrator for over three hours in a bizarre conversation. The officer just stood next to me absentmindedly”, she writes.
After the man went home, the officer who had left returned without apology and simply said “Oh, so the guy went home huh.”
Egbuchulam concludes “Next time if I were to get stabbed, I don’t want to call 110, I can’t trust the police… why does the victim always have to live a life of moving, running and hiding.”
Responses have been supportive, highlighting that Japan’s Anti-Stalking laws, do not result in immediate confrontation or arrest. Police response to complaints of stalking require multiple submissions of evidence.
Because of this, many replied to record and document both the perpetrator’s activity as that of the police, and consulting with a lawyer.
Which returns to Egbuchulam’s frustration with the purpose of calling the police in the first place.
I’m sure a lot of teeth sucking and “sho ga nai” by the police were involved in this ordeal