Field undercover female cops to curb eve-teasing: SC issues pro-women 'guidelines'
"All the state governments and Union territories are directed to depute plain-clothes female police officers in the precincts of bus stands, railway stations, metro stations, cinema theatres, shopping malls, parks, beaches, public service vehicles, places of worship etc. so as to monitor and supervise incidents of eve-teasing," a bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said.
The court said the guidelines were necessary as there is "no uniform law" to deal with the menace.
"We notice that there is no uniform law in this country to curb eve-teasing effectively in or within the precincts of educational institutions, places of worship, bus stands, metro-stations, railway stations, cinema theatres, parks, beaches, places of festival, public service vehicles or any other similar place," the bench said.
The court, in its 26-page judgement, said the menace of eve teasing can be effectively curbed with a little effort and if unchecked, its consequences could be "disastrous" as like sexual harassment, eve-teasing amounts to violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
"Consequences of not curbing such a menace, needless to say, are at times disastrous. There are many instances where girls of young age are being harassed, which sometimes may lead to serious psychological problems and even committing suicide.
"Every citizen in this country has the right to live with dignity and honour which is
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