Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Compensate rape victims in 24 hours, HC tells govt

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Posted: August 7, 2014 3:52 am | Updated: August 7, 2014 3:55 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi government and the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) to come up with a method to disburse compensation to victims of sexual assault within 24 hours.

The orders came during the hearing on a PIL regarding safety of women in the capital. The court had taken suo motu cognizance of the issue after the December 16 gangrape. “We are not happy with the current procedure. Two weeks is too long. We want it done the same day or within 24 hours. Tell us how. Give us specifics,” the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul said.

In an affidavit filed before the High Court on Wednesday, the government claimed that the reason for delay in disbursement of compensation to victims of sexual assault was because the orders for compensation — issued by the DSLSA —  did not contain details such as name, address and bank account number of the victims.

“As the name of the victim is not disclosed at present, the department takes considerable time in ascertaining the name, bank accounts details, etc. for transmitting the amount to the rightful victim,” claimed the status report filed by the Revenue department.

Under the present system, the compensation claim is routed from DSLSA to Home and Revenue departments. Usually, the delay takes place because the victim does not have a bank account.The court on Wednesday suggested that DSLSA could create a bank account for the victim before awarding compensation. Thereafter, the order will contain the bank account and other details of the victim, which can then be emailed to the government for same-day transfer of funds.

‘Victim’ gives conflicting statements, court acquits two accused of gangrape

Taking into account the conflicting statements made by an alleged rape victim, a fast-track court has acquitted two men accused of gangrape. Terming the victim’s deposition ‘totally inconsistent’ and ‘not trustworthy’, the court acquitted accused of charges under Section 376D of the IPC. The alleged victim in her statement told police that one of the accused raped her several times in a room at Durga Park. However, in the testimony before the court, she deposed that she fell unconscious and when she came to she realised that she has been raped by the accused as she found bruises on her body and blood on her private parts.  “The alleged victim has given one version of the incident in her statement to police and a totally contradictory version before this court. No attempt has been made by the prosecution to explain the reason why the alleged victim has given two inconsistent versions of the incident. Therefore, the prosecution case comes under the cloud of doubt and hence loses credibility,” ASJ Virender Bhat said.    ens

 

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