The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Punjab and Haryana to take steps to check incidents of sexual harassment in public transport. The direction came from the bench of justice Mahesh Grover during the hearing of a contempt of court petition filed against the director general of police of both the states.
In his petition, advocate HC Arora had alleged that the respondents were deliberately not complying with directions issued by the Supreme Court in November 2012 on the issue of prevention and dealing with incidents of crime against women and the problem of eveteasing.
In affidavits, the states claimed that the police were conducting random checks in buses, but had expressed inability to deploy woman constables in every bus.
Following this, the bench directed the states to take appropriate steps to prevent incidents of molestation, eve-teasing etc in buses, autos and taxis etc.
During the hearing, the bench also suggested that names of drivers and conductors must be prominently displayed in buses and also stated that global positioning system could be introduced in buses.
The matter of the case will come up for further hearing on August 1.
‘Don’t inspect buses during school hours’
A coordinate bench of the high court on Friday asked Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Punjab and Haryana not to inspect buses during school hours.
The direction came from the high court bench of justice Rajive Bhalla during the resumed hearing of a matter in which the HC bench is monitoring the implementation of policies for safe transportation of school children.
The HC order came following complaints of harassment from schools by members of child rights panel.
The HC bench has directed that commission members would check buses either before school hours or after the school timings. They were also asked to send their representatives to schools and check buses there itself. During the hearing, Punjab told the HC that the State Child Rights Protection Commission had inspected 109 buses from 29 schools in SAS Nagar, Dera Bassi, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar.
In some cases, violations were found and schools had been asked to remove the same within ten days, state additional advocate general, Rajinder Goyal told the HC.
The HC bench has directed the commissions to inspect buses of government as well as private schools in their areas of jurisdiction and submit status reports on the next date of hearing.