Pulling up the Haryana government for not helping a Rohtak girl who became a victim to an acid attack a year ago, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the state to pay R5 lakh compensation to her within two weeks.
On June 18, 2011, two boys allegedly threw acid on three minor girls, Prerna, Urvashi and Yashika, when they were returning from their evening tuitions on two-wheelers in Sector 3 of Rohtak. While the other two girls escaped with minor burns, Prerna suffered serious injuries.
A case of attempt to murder was registered. But the police gave a clean chit to the accused who had been named by Prerna.
Alleging biased investigation, the Haryana Legal Services Authority had, on behalf of the victims, petitioned the high court for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which was ordered on May 22.
On Thursday, the high court told the CBI to file a status report by August 30 and complete the investigation within six months. The court also stayed the trial being held in a Rohtak court while directing the state counsel to ask the Haryana government how else it could help the victim. The case would now come up for hearing on August 2.