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SC notes increase in violence against women,wonders why govt has no solutions

The apex court noted that the ganrapes that have come to attention are part of a bigger problem.

Written by PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: March 12, 2014 4:47:47 pm

Expressing concern over the rising number of crimes against women,the Supreme Court on Wednesday said they are not safe and are even subjected to molestation while traveling in buses.

A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi wondered why people in recent years have lost confidence in governments and come out on streets in protest.

“Why has this been happening in the last few years? Why are people losing confidence? It did not happen ten years ago. Crime against women has come to the forefront only in the last five years. They used to suffer silently and they still continue to do so except in a few cases when there have been protests and it has come out in the open,” the bench said.

The bench said that the December 16 gang rape is not an isolated incident and such type of offence was committed in the past also.

“Everyday girls travelling in buses are subjected to molestation. Women continue to suffer,” the bench said,adding “We remember Nirbhaya but the memories of the earlier incidents are not good and such cases happened earlier also.”

It said people are coming out on streets as they are not satisfied and their rights are not protected by the government bodies.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking its direction for setting up of a special team to probe an alleged incident of policemen beating up Aam Aadmi Party members protesting non-registration of an FIR in a rape case in June this year.

It reserved its order and asked senior advocate Shanti Bhushan,appearing for a petitioner,and Delhi government counsel Siddharth Luthra to suggest names of two persons each who could be part of team to conduct the probe.

The bench along with lawyers had watched in chamber the video footage of the incident recorded on behalf of Delhi Police to understand the situation on the ground. It said the recording was selective and footage of lathicharge is not there.

The petition was filed by 19 affected people including a minor girl,who was also slapped by a police official in April this year while protesting in a hospital against the rape of a five-year-old girl in east Delhi.

The petitioner had submitted that the minor girl and her two brothers were among the 19 people who were specially targeted by the cops of Gokulpuri Police station in north east Delhi on June 19.

He had claimed that the girl and her brothers were targeted as it was on her complaint that an officer of ACP level was suspended for slapping her at a hospital here when she was trying to meet the rape victim.

The bench headed by Justice Singhvi had earlier taken suo motu cognisance of the slapping of the girl at the hospital.

In the petitions relating to the incident of Gokulpuri police station,they have sought a probe by the special team in which the members should not be from the same police station.

They have also demanded compensation for the alleged incident.

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