Delhi govt told to pay Rs 1L to rehabilitate minor 'raped' by father
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The Delhi government has been ordered by a city court to pay Rs 1 lakh to a nine-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her father, for her rehabilitation.
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau, who is trying the father in the case, has ordered the government to give the money to the victim's mother for her rehabilitation under the supervision of a welfare officer.
ASJ Lau gave the order expressing shock and observing that despite "the pathetic state of the victim", the state, so far, has not come forward to help her.
The court directed the state's home department principal secretary to grant an interim compensation of Rs one lakh to the victim, allegedly raped by her father in May this year in their rented accommodation when her mother had gone outside.
The girl was allegedly saved from her father by the landlord who broke open the door after hearing her screams and later called the police.
"Rape of a child not only affects her but such an incident also has a devastating impact on the rest of the family who equally suffer in silence particularly when the accused is none else but the father, as has happened in the present case.
"It is cases like these which the Ministry of Women and Child Development needs to target for restorative justice so that the professional psychological counselling, shelter and other support is provided to the child victim," the court said.
The court ordered compensation for the girl after it was informed that she was not going to school and was in an urgent need of care and protection by the state.
The court ordered the use of interim compensation for girl's welfare and rehabilitation by her mother under the guidance of the welfare officer, to be appointed by the government.
The court also directed the government to ensure necessary treatment and regular counselling for the child through an NGO dealing with such cases.
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