This is complete helplessness and the Government wants to do nothing for the destitute widows, the Supreme Court said. The stinging observations against the government was made by a Division Bench comprising Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta while hearing plea which sought implementation of directions to better the conditions of widows in the country.
"You accuse us of trying to run the government, which does not want to act. You do not care about the widows of India. You file an affidavit and say you want to do nothing. You have done nothing and this is complete helplessness," the SC further observed.
The court had asked the Centre to convene a meeting to consider suggestions proposed by the National Commission for Women and formulate directions to improve the condition of widows in the country. The Ministry for Women and Child Development had intimated the court that a meeting was scheduled for April 12 and 13 to consider the suggestions of the NCW.
The meeting was however not convened and the Bench sought to know why. You had told us about April 12 and 13 but there was no meeting and now you are giving explanations. Inspite of what was recorded, nothing has been done. You have not done anything," the court said. The Bench then went on to grant the centre time on the condition that it paid cost of Rs 1 lakh.