Frame rules for Uber, Ola on women’s se­cu­rity: SC

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION - J. VENKATE­SAN | DC

The Supreme Court on Thursday de­cided to put in place a reg­u­la­tory regime for mak­ing pub­lic trans­port au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing app-based taxi ser­vices like Uber and Ola ac­count­able for breach of women safety.

A bench of Jus­tices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta ac­cepted the sug­ges­tions of am­i­cus cu­riae and se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing for cre­at­ing such a regime to check sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women when they travel in pub­lic trans­port buses or app-based taxis like Uber and Ola.

Ms Jais­ing pointed out that Uber was banned in Lon­don after it re­fused to sub­ject to court ju­ris­dic­tion.

A sim­i­lar pro­vi­sion should be in India so that such companies can’t evade le­gal ac­tion if in­ci­dents of rape, sex­ual ha­rass­ment take place in cabs and by drivers.

She said there was no uni­for­mity among states to deal with sex­ual ha­rass­ment in pub­lic trans­port. She also wanted a proper vic­tim com­pen­sa­tion scheme. The bench asked the Cen­tre to re­spond to the sug­ges­tion and to come out with a mech­a­nism so that the court could pass ap­pro­pri­ate or­ders to en­sure the safety and pro­tec­tion of women.

In the last hear­ing the court had ex­pressed con­cern that crores of ru­pees al­lot­ted for fit­ting GPS and high se­cu­rity plates in all pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles are not be­ing spent.

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 by a law stu­dent Nipun Sax­ena and ad­vo­cate Ankita Chaud­hary 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 back side of the ve­hi­cles.

AM­I­CUS CU­RIAE and se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing told the court that Uber was banned in Lon­don after it re­fused to sub­ject to court ju­ris­dic­tion.

THE BENCH asked the Cen­tre come out with a mech­a­nism to en­sure the safety of women.

COURT had ex­pressed con­cern that crores of ru­pees al­lot­ted for fit­ting GPS and high se­cu­rity plates in all pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles are not be­ing spent.

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