Sanjay Rai,,
Haryana Government has taken effective steps to check eve-teasing and sexual harassment of women and directions have been issued to all concerned departments in this regard. While stating this today, Director General, Women and Child Development Department, Mrs Sumita Misra said that these directions have been issued on the basis of the judgment of Supreme Court of India delivered on November 30,2012 as it has issued directions to all the States and Union Territories to curb eve-teasing so that safety of women can be ensured at public places like market, bus-stands, railway stations, cinema theaters, public service vehicles and places of worship. Mrs Misra said that necessary instructions along with the copy of judgment have been sent to all the concerned departments including Police, Transport, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Secondary Education and Higher Education for strict compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court.  She said that the steps being taken as per the judgment included deputing plain clothed female police officers in the precincts of bus-stands and bus-stops, railway stations, metro stations, cinema theatres, shopping malls, parks, beaches, public service vehicles and places of worship so as to monitor and supervise incidents of eve-teasing . The Government would install CCTV cameras in strategic positions which itself would be a deterrent and if detected, the offender could be caught. Person in-charge of the educational institutions, places of worship, cinema theatres, railway stations, bus stands have to take steps as they deem fit to prevent eve-teasing. They must pass on information to the nearest police station or the Women’s Help Centre. Where any incident of eve-teasing is committed in a public service vehicle either by the passengers or the persons in-charge of the vehicle, the crew of such vehicle shall, on a complaint made by the aggrieved person, take such vehicle to the nearest police station and give information to the police. Failure to do so would lead to cancellation of the permit to ply. Also, Women’s Helpline would be set up in various cities and towns so as to curb eve-teasing within three months.They have also been directed to display suitable boards cautioning such act of eve-teasing. These boards would put up in all public places including precincts of educational institutions, bus stands, railway stations, cinema theatres, parties, beaches, public service vehicles and places of worship.


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