SC Directs all Cities and Towns to set up Help Line numbers to prevent Eve Teasing


Supreme Court has directed that all Cities and Towns shall set up help line numbers to report Eve teasing and has directed that such help line numbers be widely published.
Supreme Court of India has laid down above directions in case of Inspector General of Police Versus S. Samuthiram [reported in 2013 [1] SCC 598] date of decision 30.11.2012 (Hon’ble Justice K.S.Radhakrishnan and Hon’ble Justice Dipak Misra)
If the said orders are not being complied with by any City, Town or State Government, Union Territories, District Collectors, and the District Superintendent of Police, a Citizen can approach Hon’ble High Court or Supreme Court for enforcing the said directions.
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34.5 The State Governments and Union Territories are directed to establish Women Helpline in various cities and towns, so as to curb eve-teasing within three months.
34.6 Suitable boards cautioning such act of eve-teasing be exhibited in all public places including precincts of educational institutions, bus-stands, railway stations, cinema theatres, parties, beaches, public service vehicles, place of worship, etc.
34.7 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 Helpline to save the victims from such crimes.
If violation of above directions of Supreme Court are noticed by a public spirited Citizen and if desires to take a steps, it is advisable that he should first bring the violation to the notice of concerned District Collector and District Superintendent of Police and should give them reasonable time to take necessary steps.
This can be seen from Para 34.8 as under:
“34.8 The State Governments and Union Territories of India would take adequate and effective measures by issuing suitable instructions to the authorities concerned including the District Collector and the District Superintendent of Police so as to take effective and proper measures to curb such incidents of eve-teasing
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