‘Protect women on buses’
The Delhi High Court has expressed concern over the rising incidents of eve teasing and molestation in buses in the capital and asked the Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of women using public transport reports Harish V Nair.Updated: Mar 05, 2010, 23:08 IST
The Delhi High Court has expressed concern over the rising incidents of eve teasing and molestation in buses in the capital and asked the Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of women using public transport.
“The menace of eve-teasing is on the rise. Women feel threatened not only by antisocial elements but also the bus crew. Even the drivers and conductors are often found themselves indulging in acts of indecency,” said Justice Kailash Gambhir.
The court’s remarks came while ordering the dismissal of a DTC conductor Jai Pal Singh for being “hand-in-glove” with a group of boys who molested two girls inside a speeding bus 17 years ago.
“Although the incident was of 1993 but even today one cannot ignore the reality that an overwhelming majority of women in Delhi do not feel safe. The core issue that this case has brought forth is the safety of women in public transport,” the court said.
The girls had boarded the bus at Pragati Maidan. By the time the bus reached Kailash Colony, only they and three boys were left. The boys then began behaving indecently with the girls. With the driver and conductor not coming to their rescue, the girls jumped out of the moving bus to save themselves and suffered injuries.
“The case at hand exemplifies the irresponsible and pathetic behaviour of the employees of the public transport department. “Any lesser punishment than dismissal to such staff will be a source of encouragement to others to forget their responsibility,” Justice Gambhir said.
The judge ordered a re-look into the case against the driver who was let-off lightly by a lower court. “Had he stopped the bus immediately the incident could have been avoided.”
The court asked the Delhi Government’s Transport Department and DTC to inform within a month as to what steps they propose to secure women passengers.
The DTC recently launched special ‘womens only’ buses on some routes after a High Court order on a PIL complaining about increasing incidents of molestation and eve-teasing.