Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Women’s groups and activists have welcomed the High Court verdict as it removes barriers on employment of women because of their gender. But an important rider, they say, is that it should come coupled with fixing the responsibility on who has to provide security to women.

N. Devhdass, advocate for the petitioners, said that the verdict fixes the responsibility on the employer and the State.

He added that the earlier Supreme Court verdict on the Punjab Excise Act also had similar provision on safety aspect.

Senior advocate and activist Hemalatha Mahishi, underlined the importance of a monitoring mechanism. “We cannot afford to wake up only when another Jessica Lall happens,” she said.

Since a place where liquor is served can mean any place and not necessarily five-star establishments which have security guards and bouncers, women working in smaller establishments could be at greater risk, she added.