Court devises four-point plan for girls' benefit
The four points announced are vigilance, helpline, mohalla committee meetings and counselling, reports Urvi Mahajani .india Updated: Jun 29, 2007 01:23 IST
Winding up the petition filed by Nagpada residents Samina and Zarina Sheikh on Thursday, the Bombay High Court announced a four-point plan to help the sisters and other girls in the state pursue their education without impediments.
The four points announced by the court are vigilance, helpline, mohalla committee meetings and counselling.
The court then directed the order be forwarded to the Commissioner of Police and the Director General of Police for implementing the plan all over the state.
Samina (19) and Zarina (18) Sheikh had approached the high court early this month alleging their neighbour, Mohammed Ali Ansari, was harassing the family and not allowing the sisters to pursue higher education.
As part of the four-point plan, Public Prosecutor Satish Borulkar told the court that the police would maintain vigil in Nagpada to prevent reoccurrence of such incidents. The Nagpada police have also started a helpline (Tel: 23078109) for women to complain against such harassment.
“The police will hold monthly mohalla committee meetings which, if necessary, will be attended by assistant and deputy commissioner of police. Prominent members of society having academic excellence will also be called,” said Borulkar.
The police will also counsel any individual who is found indulging in activities against girls’ education, the court said.