Effective law required to deal with sextortion: High Court

Effective law required to deal with sextortion: High Court

“We have to deal with sextortion effectively. Other states should emulate (J&K) to deal with the menace,” the Chief Justice observed. The CJ said the law is in place in Philippines.

Observing that an effective law is required to deal with sexual exploitation at workplaces, the High Court on Tuesday emphasized that J&K should become a model state to put in place the law to check the menace.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation petition seeking to ameliorate condition of poor girls in the state, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal observed that J&K should become a role model to bring a law to deal with sextortion effectively.  

“We have to deal with sextortion effectively. Other states should emulate (J&K) to deal with the menace,” the Chief Justice observed.  The CJ said the law is in place in Philippines.  

The court made these observations while hearing the PIL initiated by it on its own motion.

With regard to implementation of State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and HUNAR scheme for poor and destitute girls of the state, the court said it is important to know and “assess the effective directions issued from time to time and their implementation”.

Pointing out that since 2012 when the PIL was filed several directions were issued, the court said in order to assess the strength of the compliance vis-a-vis the directions passed by court from time to time, a compilation is required. 

“We request amicus curie, Bashir Ahmed Bashir and state counsel Asif Bhat and Asifa Padroo to prepare a tabulation of the effective orders passed by this court and their implementation,” the court said. 

“The exercise to prepare tabulation be done within two weeks and placed before bench on next date of hearing,” it said.