The Supreme Court has decided to put in place a regulatory regime for making public transport authorities, including app-based taxi services accountable for breach of women’s safety. A bench of Justices accepted the suggestions of amicus curiae and senior advocate for creating such a regime to check sexual harassment of women when they travel in public transport buses or app-based taxis. Advocate said there was no uniformity among states to deal with sexual harassment in public transport and also wanted a proper victim compensation scheme.
No steps are being taken for maintenance of a logbook, creating awareness, recruitment of more cops and providing them with sophisticated security gadgets and installing CCTV cameras in sensitive places. The court asked the National Legal Services Authority to suggest a model victim compensation scheme, which could be put in place in all states to provide relief to victims of sexual harassment. The bench was hearing a PIL filed expressing concern over the rising rate of crime, particularly rape incidents across the country. They submitted that the first measure should be that all public and transport vehicles should be fitted with GPS system; all vehicles should carry information of the owners, drivers, conductors, cleaners on the backside of the vehicles.
Tips For Women Safety:
1. Always be aware of your surroundings.
2. If you see something suspicious, report it.
3. If you have to defend yourself, aim for body parts on your attacker that are tender and cannot be strengthened.
4. Don’t leave things lying around the yard that someone could use to access your home.
5. Try not to fall asleep when you are taking a cab.
6. Always while commuting through a private cab or even auto, make sure that you click a photo of the cab with its number plate.