Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday granted four weeks' time to the state government to submit a comprehensive policy on rehabilitation and other facilities to be given to the rape victims, according to the Supreme Court's directives.
Advocate general Ravish Agrawal told the court that he had advised the concerned government authorities in the matter and shortly a comprehensive policy would be formulated by the state government in matters of sexual abuse and harassment.
"For that, at least four weeks' time will be required," Agrawal prayed. Senior advocate Anil Khare appearing as amicus curiae submitted a brief note outlining certain steps taken by the state government and matters which need to be reckoned while formulating the policy.
A division bench comprising chief justice AM Khanwilkar and justice CV Sirpurkar allowed the request of the state seeking time and deferred the hearing of the suo motu petition till February 16 next.
While on issue of progress of investigation into the rape case of 90-year-old woman lodged in the Gorakhpur police station of Jabalpur, the court granted one week time to file the progress report. The state requested the court to give one week time to place on record the developments in the matter.
On December 2 last, the court took suo motu cognisance on a news report on rape of a 90-year-old woman in the Gorakhpur locality of Jabalpur on November 30 night.
The apex court has issued various directives in the Delhi Domestic Working Women's Forum vs. Union of India case of 1995 concerning the treatment given to the victims of rape in police stations, their rehabilitation and others.