Lawyer sends legal notices to UT, Punjab, Haryana

Arora sent the notices urging the states to implement the directions issued by the Supreme Court related to eve-teasing. The apex court had directed all the state governments and UTs to undertake measures such as the deputation of plain-clothed female police officers in several areas

The Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer HC Arora, on Wednesday, has sent legal notices to the UT Administration and the states of Punjab and Haryana to implement the directions issued by the Supreme Court of India related to eve-teasing.

The apex court, vide its judgement dated November 30 this year, had directed all the state governments and Union Territories to depute plain clothed female police officers in the precincts of bus stands and stops, 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.

It was further directed by the apex court to install CCTV in strategic positions which itself would be a deterrent and if detected, the offender could be caught and to establish a women's helpline in various cities and towns, so as to curb eve-teasing within three months.

Moreover, the governments were asked to take adequate and effective measures by issuing suitable instructions to the concerned authorities including the District Collectors and the District Superintendent of Police so as to take effective and proper measures to curb such incidents of eve-teasing.

Arora has cautioned the aforesaid officers that in case the women's helplines are not installed in all cities and towns in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh within the stipulated period, and CCTV cameras are not installed at strategic places all over, he shall have no other option but to file a contempt petition against the Chief Secretaries of Haryana and Punjab and the Home Secretary of UT Chandigarh.

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