HC asks govt to provide shelter,job to rape victim

In the case of an alleged rape-victim seeking compensation,the state government had informed the Bombay High Court last week that it is yet to implement schemes to award compensation to victims of such crimes.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 2, 2012 4:01 am

In the case of an alleged rape-victim seeking compensation,the state government had informed the Bombay High Court last week that it is yet to implement schemes to award compensation to victims of such crimes.

The court then directed the government to lodge her in a women’s shelter home and also help her in finding employment.

The alleged victim who formerly worked as an Art Director for television programmes had cited the example of the rape case in which actor Shiney Ahuja was held guilty by a sessions court and the state government had awarded compensation to his domestic help,who was the victim in that case.

Justice VM Kanade and Justice PD Kode were hearing a case filed a woman who alleged that the accused Satish Singh had lured her into having a sexual intercourse with him by making her believe that she is his lawfully wedded wife.

She had claimed compensation of Rs 80 lakh under section 357-A of the Criminal Procedure Code,while her case was yet to be decided. Section 357-A refers to the victim’s compensation scheme that provides for compensation for victims of crime or their families who have suffered loss or injury because of a crime and require rehabilitation.

Additional public prosecutor Mankunwar Deshmukh,however,told the court that the scheme for compensation is under the government’s consideration and has been placed before the Home Ministry and the the Chief Minister for their approval.The alleged victim had claimed she was in a legal dispute with her erstwhile employers and had been living in the Young Women’s Christian Association hostel that had asked her to vacate for not paying her dues.

The court asked the under secretary of the Women and Child Welfare Department to accommodate the applicant in the Shraddhanand Mahilashram in Matunga free of cost and also help her in seeking a job in her field within four weeks.

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