The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued notice to the Punjab government on a petition by the mother of a gangrape victim, seeking compensation.
The rape victim had committed suicide as the police had failed to arrest the accused. The incident took place at a Patiala village on November 13, 2012, and an FIR was registered on November 27, 2012, against three people. Following the non-arrest of the accused and the pressure mounted by the police the victim committed suicide on December 26, 2012.
The accused were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. They were also convicted for abetting suicide by the victim.
The case came up for hearing before the court of Justice AG Masih. The mother submitted before the high court that the trial court while passing the sentence against the accused did not grant any compensation to the petitioner under Section 357 of the CrPC, nor the amount of fine was ordered to be paid to her.
She received Rs 2 lakh compensation from the state government and her other daughter got the job of a peon.
She had earlier moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which on December 19, 2013, ordered that she be given Rs 3 lakh compensation more in addition to Rs 2 lakh paid earlier.
She submitted before the high court that though ordered by the NHRC, she never received Rs 3 lakh compensation, nor the Rs 1 lakh announced by the District Legal Services Authority, Patiala.