J'khand HC directs state govt not to harass young couples

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Ranchi, Sep 28 (UNI) The Jharkhand High Court today directed the state government to refrain from harassing and humiliating any young couples on the pretext of implemention of the court order against the vehicles using black films.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Muthuawamy Karpagvinayagam and Justice Amreshwar Sahay issued the direction while hearing a writ petition of its own motion.

The court had taken suo-moto action and converted into public interest litigation on an anonymous letter sent by a girl stating that she was gangraped near her college at the circular road of the state capital in a car having black films.

Earlier, the court had directed the state government to locate the culprits and do the needful but police were yet to take steps in this regard.

Recently, a local guardian had written to the Jharkhand HC Chief Justice, alleging that police were humiliating the youngsters on the ground of implementing the order against the black film users.

In the letter, the parent said Lalapur police had harassed his son after he was caught with one of his female friends.

State Advocate General S B Garodia informed the court that Director General of Police had issued notices mentioning that stern action would be taken against the police officials found harassing or publicly humiliating any couple.

Mr Garodia further informed that police had so far collected about Rs 3,00,140 as penalty from the black and tinted glass users.

During the course of argument, the court also appreciated police for taking steps against the law breakers.

UNI

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