The Allahabad HC on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government home secretary to file an affidavit regarding the steps taken for construction of women’s toilets in each of the state police stations.
A division bench of Justice Sanjay Yadav and Jayant Banerjee told the state counsel that if the affidavit is not filed, the secretary should appear before the court personally on the next date of hearing.
The development comes only days after the court expressed its displeasure. No immediate steps have been taken by the UP government for the availability of toilets and other essential facilities for women policemen at various police stations.
On Monday, the counsel appearing for the state of Uttar Pradesh informed the bench that effective steps have been taken by fixing agency for the construction of women toilets in the respective police stations.
The immediate case relates to a public interest litigation filed by some law students, seeking guidelines from the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that toilets are constructed in police stations and that they have toilets, water, electricity, fans, doorburns, etc. Necessary facilities, keeping in mind the privacy and prestige of women.