It took a strong snubbing from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the government to cough up Rs 5 lakh as interim compensation to the family of a two-year-old rape victim in Shajapur district.
Initially, in response to the notices of the commission, the government had refused to pay interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
However, Justice D Murugeshan, member, NHRC, maintained his recommendation of Rs 5 lakh interim relief to the state government, observing “Commission has special powers under the Protection of Human Rights Act to award appropriate relief and it is not bound by the rules framed by the government for payment of compensation in such cases and therefore, the commission can’t accept propriety/justification of the report that the amount of Rs 5 lakh as relief was not in accordance with rules”.
During the course of inquiry, the commission had found that the allegation correct. The victim had come to a primary health centre in a village in Shajapur district with her expecting mother and was sexually assaulted by a ward boy.
A criminal case was registered against the accused under several sections of the POSCO Act and section 3 (2) (5) of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The accused was arrested and chargesheet filed in the court.