HC SEEKS REPLY ON SAFETY MEASURES IN TAXIS
NEW DELHI: Taking note of rape of a woman inside a cab running without the mandatory global positioning system (GPS) fare meter, the Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Centre, Delhi government, city police and the transport departments of both governments to file responses on the non-enforcement of laws for taxi drivers.
The high court took cognisance of a September 12 incident in which a driver of a black-yellow taxi allegedly offered lift to a woman and then sexually assaulted her.
“It points out that enforcement agencies, Delhi Police and traffic police are unable to check gross violation of law by taxi drivers in Delhi, resulting in serious crimes including sexual violence against passengers,” the high court said. It also ordered that the victim should be provided with immediate legal aid and compensation.
The court on its own took note of a report in an English daily. The report had said a 30-year-old taxi driver was arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman at a park near Red Fort on September 12.