Mumbai, April 29: Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to issue a resolution directing private hospitals to treat victims of sexual harassment, acid attack and rape free of cost and said it would issue contempt proceedings against the state government.
A division bench of justices AS Oka and PD Naik was hearing a bunch of petitions on the issue of womens' safety. Counsel Rajeev Chavan informed that the government had during earlier hearings in principle agreed to issuing a resolution but has till date not done so. By the said decision, private hospitals will have to treat women who have been victim of rape or any sexual offence and the bill will be footed by the government.
The judiciary bench posted the petitions for further hearing on June 21 and directed the government to inform the court about the resolution and also file a compliance report on what other steps it has taken on implementation on recommendations made by the Dharmadhikari committee.
The CS Dharmadhikari Committee which was appointed to suggest ways to curb crimes against women recommended a ban on dance bars, which remained open till late in the night. It also suggested for monitoring and tackling of vulgar activities on Facebook and other social networking sites, mobile phones and computers.