Taking suo motu cognisance of the plight of a 50-year-old mentally challenged woman from Kerala, who was "molested" and injured, the Madras High Court has ordered officials to admit her to a hospital for nursing and care.
Justice RS Ramanathan also ordered the police on Thursday to register a case of molestation and take action against those responsible for it.
The woman was recently found in a semi-conscious state by residents of nearby Tirumangalam. They admitted her to a hospital from where she was discharged after being given first aid. But the woman was molested again later.
Justice N Kirubakaran of the court read a media report on July 7 about the incident and brought it to the notice of a senior judge, who ordered filing of a suo motu case.
During the hearing, Government Advocate submitted that the woman, who belonged to Kurangukadai near Munnar, was admitted to a home for women. As she could not speak in Tamil or English, police had problem in understanding what she said.
Justice Ramanathan ordered that the woman be subjected to medical examination after producing her before a magistrate.
After obtaining a medical certificate, they should get orders from the magistrate and admit her to a home for the mentally ill and find out from Munnar Police whether the woman had any relatives there.