Supreme Court says Delhi unsafe for women
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Friday said that national capital Delhi is by and large unsafe for women, and also said the city continues to fail to to treat the fairer sex with dignity.
Issuing notices to the Central Government and the National Commission for Women on a PIL filed by Nipun Saxena, a fourth year student of Delhi's National Law University, Supreme Court Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said: "We are failing to treat women with dignity, equality and respect."
On a public suit questioning the validity of the two finger test conducted on rape victims, the apex court said invasive two finger test was against the dignity of women.
The suit also sought the setting up of a criminal injury compensation board in the country.
Saxena contended that the court's direction 16 years ago to establish the compensation board had not been followed so far.
The notice was issued to the State Transport Authority on the plea that permits of private buses that do not comply with the Motor Vehicles Act should not be renewed.
The public suit comes in the wake of the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus December 16 and her subsequent death in a Singapore hospital where she was airlifted for specialised treatment.