|Members of All India Progressive Women’s Association protest against the rise in crimes against women on Main Road in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Aug. 30: Jharkhand High Court today observed women were “no longer safe” in the state and pulled up the government for its failure to provide a security mechanism.
A division bench of Justices N.N. Tiwari and S. Chandrashekhar were hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) initiated suo motu by the high court on eve-teasing in the capital back in September 2011.
Without using the word “rape”, the court observed that the government, which was responsible for maintaining law and order, seemed to have failed in its task.
“There is no safety and security for women,” the court said, referring to reports in newspapers “almost every day on instances of offences committed against women”.
The court directed state chief secretary R.S. Sharma and Ranchi Municipal Corporation chief executive officer Dipankar Panda to file affidavits, detailing the number of hostels for girls and boys in the capital. The court sought details on whether they possessed necessary licences to operate in the city. The case will again be taken up tomorrow.
Nearly two years ago, when the high court initiated the case on the basis of news reports of rampant eve-teasing in the capital, then Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice P.P. Bhatt had directed the home secretary, Ranchi deputy commissioner and SSP to take preventive steps.
The court had earlier directed officials to hold meetings with principals and heads of educational institutions to understand their problems and take pragmatic measures to stop eve-teasing.
The bench had asked the SSP and deputy commissioner to frame proposals to make the city safer for girls and women.