HC SEEKS RE­PLY ON SAFETY MEA­SURES IN TAXIS

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

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.

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