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 eve-teasing.
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 will come up for further hearing on August 1.