HC says don't wait for Parliament, Maharashtra should enact own anti-rape laws
- BJP tears into UPA govt on 4th anniversary, says it lacks leadership
- Madras High Court issues notice to BCCI, Sports Minister over IPL spot-fixing
- Jessica Lal murder: Actor Shayan Munshi, ballistic expert Manocha to face perjury trial
- India seeks access from US to 26/11 terror convicts Headley, Rana
- Govt further cuts import tariff value of gold
Taking serious note of the spate of rape and molestation cases, the Bombay High Court today said Maharashtra government should not wait for Parliament to amend laws and asked it to bring about changes in its own statute to tackle the menace.
"Why should you wait for Parliament. You can bring about the changes in the law yourself," a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A V Mohta said
The high court directed the state government to consider amending the law and file an affidavit within four weeks.
"Tamil Nadu has recently passed an act against eve teasing. Maharashtra can also follow and set an example," Chief Justice Shah said.
The court said, "Maharashtra is considered a progressive state. If sections like 354, 506 and 509 of IPC are made non-bailable then it will act as a deterrent," adding,
"because these offences are bailable men think they will get away after passing lewd comments."
While section 354 and 506 deal with assault and use of criminal force to outrage the modesty of a woman, and criminal intimidation, 509 relates to use of word, gesture or an act intended to insult their modesty.
The bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by city based NGO Help Mumbai Foundation regarding women's safety in the city.
According to the NGO, 97 per cent females above the age of 15 have faced sexual abuse or eve teasing.
The court has also sought an affidavit from the railway authorities on recruitment and deployment of women constables and home guards at railway stations and local trains.
The state government has also been asked to say what steps it has taken pursuant to directions assed by the Supreme Court on November 3, 2012 to all state governments regarding eve teasing.
It asked the government to submit the recommendations made by the C S Dharmadhikari committee regarding women safety issues.
- Fixing probe now reaches Bollywood, son of Dara Singh held
- BCCI cashes Pune Warriors guarantee, 'disgusted' Sahara walks out of IPL
- Sreesanth spent Rs 1.95L on clothes, bought friend BlackBerry, paid in cash: Police
- Delhi firm with MoD as client is linked to Pak cyberattacks
- After Infosys, iGATE sacks Phaneesh Murthy for sexual misconduct
- 2 weeks after harassment, Haryana schoolgirls return, cops in tow