Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court has ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to launch helpline numbers for the women who fall victim to harassment and ill treatment. A bench comprising Justices Umanath Singh and Rituraj Awasthi said that there should be national helpline numbers for women so that they can lodge complaints against the injustices done to them.

The court’s observation came while hearing a PIL filed by Prince Lenin who is the spokesperson of an organization 'We the people'. It has been said in the petition that the women are continuously being harassed and ill-treated in the state and such cases are on a rise. The police department neither cares to register cases nor provide enough security to women.

Citing a case of harassment with a girl at the Nighasan police station, the petitioner said, “The investigation report proves that police personnel were also involved in the case. In such circumstances a special investigation team should be formed for registering the complaints and probing such matters. Also, a team should be formed to counsel the victims of such incidences.”

The government’s counsel argued, “Special helpline numbers are already operational in the state. Whenever a complaint is registered on these numbers, investigation is started immediately.  Also, there are centers in the state where the cases of harassment against women are redressed at the earliest.”