SC issues tough guidelines to curb eve-teasing
A bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra, while referring to a similar move by the court to tackle sexual harassment at work places, said that it had become urgent for it to interfere in public interest and pass directions to curb the menace.
The apex court directed all states and union territories to establish within three months women’s helplines in cities and towns to curb harassment. It also said women police officers in plain clothes should be deployed near public places such as bus and train stations, cinema halls, shopping malls and parks, among others.
The court ordered installation of CCTV cameras in all such public places, which it underlined, would not only help in nabbing offenders but also act as a deterrent.
The bench also said that permits of public carriers would be cancelled if the driver or anyone else in-charge of the vehicle fails to take it to the nearest police station on receiving a complaint about harassment.
“Responsibility is also on the passers-by and on noticing such incident, they should also report the same to the nearest police station or to women’s helpline to save the victims from such crimes,” it added.
The bench asked people in-charge of places such as educational institutions, places