The first bench comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice R Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the observation while recording the submission by the petitioner, Kirupa Rani, that since the directions by a single judge of the court to eradicate the evil of honour killing remain on paper, a fresh public interest litigation has been filed to enforce the compliance of the specific directions given.
However, the bench pointed out that the second writ petition for the issuance of same writ once again may not be entertained. “The State, especially the Social Welfare Department and Adi Dravidar Welfare Department, ought to take notice of the same and proceed accordingly if no action has been taken till now.”
The bench then closed the petition without prejudice to the rights of the petitioner to approach the State government or the appropriate forum for compliance of the directions already given by the court.
The PIL had sought to direct the government to constitute complaint cells comprising Superintendents of Police, District Social Welfare Officer and District Adi Dravida Welfare Officer to receive complaints of harassment and threat to couples of inter-caste marriage in all districts in as per the High Court direction given in 2016. The court had ordered the government to constitute these special cells within three months. The judge had also directed creation of a 24-hour helpline to receive and register complaints, and offer advice and protection to inter-caste couple.