HC passes strictures against Yavatmal district collector in unmarried mothers case
The order states that eight months later, the district collector, Yavatmal as also his superiors have failed to understand the gravity of the problem and could not discharge their responsibility.
Pune: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has termed the Yavatmal district collectorate officials as insensitive after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed to bring forth the issue of unmarried mothers in the district of Yavatmal.
The order states that eight months later, the district collector, Yavatmal as also his superiors have failed to understand the gravity of the problem and could not discharge their responsibility. The period of eight months in such a matter is a huge delay, which cannot be overlooked.
According to the order of the court last year, a meeting of the government officials and social organisations was held in Yavatmal to take measures to solve the problem of unwed mothers. The district collector was expected to submit an affidavit after the meeting on September 20, 2017.
According to the PIL, this meeting last year was organised seven weeks after the first order. However, the issues discussed were not submitted to the court till date. The petitioner, Ravindra Umakant Talpe, said, “Every incident of violence against women should be taken seriously. We urged the court to punish those who do injustice to these unwed mothers. Various remedies have been suggested for rehabilitation and other problems. It is necessary to take immediate action.”
The recent order states that the Child and Women Development Department, during the meeting last year, had made a presentation. During the presentation, though an exact number of victims, that is, unmarried mothers, has not been pointed out, the number of offenders and their category has been mentioned.
The petitioners point out that the number of offenders is around 103. Hence, victims may be over 103. However, 11 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been filed in the matter, stated the order.