Amicus curiae slams inaction by UT authority

Asking “stakeholders” to prove if “they are performing their duties”,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday asked Chandigarh Administration to submit its response over the steps taken to ameliorate the condition of Nari Niketan rape victim and her daughter.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 13, 2013 2:17 am

Asking “stakeholders” to prove if “they are performing their duties”,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday asked Chandigarh Administration to submit its response over the steps taken to ameliorate the condition of Nari Niketan rape victim and her daughter.

Amicus curiae,Advocate Tanu Bedi,contended that UT Administration swings into action only under “fear of court orders”. Stating that “condescending attitude” of the officials has to change,Bedi added that the UT Administration is in an “offensive mode”.

Dubbing work done,as claimed by the UT officials,as mere “paperwork”,the amicus said that steps should be taken to make life of the victim and her daughter more “meaningful”.

Counsel for UT sought time to file the status report in the case,which surfaced in 2009 after the girl was found pregnant at Ashreya,a home for the mentally-challenged.

Se was three months pregnant by May 16 — the day the pregnancy was detected — it was established that she was raped during her earlier stay at Nari Niketan,Sector 26.

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