Case: Anjali Pandey v. State of Uttar Pradesh
The Allahabad High Court directs the Home secretary to be present before the court or to file an affidavit regarding the steps taken to construct ladies toilets in police stations.
The bench consisted of Justices Sanjay Yadav and Jayant Banerji. The court made it clear that if the affidavit is not filed by the home secretary, then he has to be personally present before the court on the date of hearing.
The Court previously has shown displeasure towards the actions of the UP Government. No steps were taken in regards to the availability of toilets and other essentials for female police personnel in police stations. The counsel in support of the government, contended that the needed steps were taken and they had fixed an agency to construct women’s toilets in police stations.
Therefore, the bench asked the Secretary to file an affidavit in this regard.This case evolved through a PIL filed by law students, the petition seeks directions for necessary facilities in the police stations.
The court observed that the government has the duty to provide the basic amenities with hygiene and privacy. Without these requirements, life cannot lead with dignity.