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HC orders more compensation to rape survivor

HC orders more compensation to rape survivor

The Allahabad High Court today directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide an additional Rs 10 lakh compensation to a minor rape survivor and make arrangements for her free residential education up to degree level and employment thereafter.

The state government had already provided rupees three lakh as compensation.

The court also said that the amount of compensation should be kept as fixed deposit in a nationalised bank, which could be utilised by the minor after attaining the age of 21 year.

It strictly prohibited every one to disclose her identity and past circumstances at any stage.

The court also directed to keep her new-born child in the hospital until the opinion of doctors for discharge.

“Thereafter, the child shall be handed over to the child welfare committee where adoption process may be completed under supervision of “amicus curiae”,” the court said.

A division bench of justice Shabihul Hasnain and justice D K Upadhayaya gave the judgement on a writ petition and an application moved on behalf of minor rape survivor seeking a direction for her betterment and initiating the adoption proceeding of the new-born child as she and her father were not intending to keep the child with them, the amicus curiae senior advocate J N Mathur said.

He also said that he may approach to the court in case any inconvenience arises in this matter as per the court’s order.

The court also directed that the concerned district magistrate and the SP would also look after the minor rape survivor and her family and any NGO may provide help to her, Mathur said.

Earlier, the rape survivor had filed the petition through her father.

The court disposed of the petition.

( Source – PTI )

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