A city court has ordered the Delhi government 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 after 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. 1 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 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 also has a devastating impact on the rest of the family who equally suffers in silence particularly when the accused is none other than the father,” the court said.
"It is cases like these which the ministry of women and child development needs to target for restorative justice so that professional counselling, shelter and other support is provided to the child victim," the court added.
The court ordered compensation for the girl after it was informed that she was not going to school and was in urgent need of care and protection.
The court also directed the government to ensure necessary treatment and regular counselling for the child through an NGO which deals in such cases.
"The victim should be immediately admitted in some school near her house," it directed the state. During the hearing, the court also pulled up the investigating officers and the assistant commissioner of police (North West Delhi) for the casual and half-hearted approach towards the case.
The additional deputy commissioner of police, who was also present in the court, assured the judge that actions would be taken against the investigating officers for alleged lapses.