The safety measures will soon be executed by the Supreme court as it announced on Thursday that it would examine ways and means to ensure protection for women by instituting a regulatory regime for app-based travel aggregators, such as Uber, especially when such crimes are committed by their drivers, and often inside their vehicles.
"The issue of regulating public transport including internet based taxi services will be taken up on December 7", the apex court said.
The court made the observations when senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is amicus curiae in the matter, pointed out that there have been many instances of crimes committed by drivers of these services.
"If someone comes to Delhi from another country and hires a taxi and if a driver commits a crime, who will be held responsible?" the court had asked then.
Jaising cited the Nirbhaya gang-rape case of 2012 wherein a Delhi woman was brutally raped and murdered in a public transport bus and said that she will submit all the details to the bench following which the case will be heard.
The court directed Alok Agrawal, member secretary, National Legal Services Authority to set up a committee that can prepare model rules for compensation for sexual offences and acid attacks. "The report of the Committee will be filed on or before December 31, 2017", the bench said.
Earlier this month, the central government had told the apex court that it was finding it hard to get the cooperation of states on the issue relating to disbursal of compensation to the victims of sexual assault under the Nirbhaya fund.
Lawmakers also echoed the same concern and stressed on the need for proper background checks to ensure the safety of women.
Jaising had earlier told the court that there was no uniformity in the disbursal of funds to the victims of sexual assault as in states like Goa, the amount was Rs 10 lakh while in some other states, it was only Rs one lakh.