Admn turns a blind eye towards rape victim, fails to go by rules

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 23:23 IST

The district administration has turned a blind eye towards the rehabilitation and taking care of the 10-year-old girl, who was raped by her brother-in-law on September 30.

After the Hindustan Times highlighted the issue that the minor rape cases were not being sent to the child welfare committee (CWC) despite a provision in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 during the last two years by the police, this case is the first one, which was referred to the committee by the police.

After the police sent the case to the CWC during the last week, it was then the responsibility of the administration to ensure proper care, treatment, protection, and rehabilitation of the victim, but the district administration has forgotten all about this.

Further, the victim minor girl has still not been produced before the CWC, even after she was taken to her home by the family from the civil hospital on October 4.

The HT team had visited the victim's house and found that she had still not fully recovered.

Her father said that nobody from the administration had contacted them. He told that some policemen, who were in uniform, had come to their house a few days ago to record the statement of the girl.

Rule 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007 states that while dealing with a juvenile or a child under the provision of the Act and the rules made thereunder, except at the time of arrest, the police officers shall wear plain clothes and not the police uniform.

Under the POSCO Act, the CWC has to determine within three days as to whether a child victim should be taken out of the custody of her family or the shared accommodation and removed to a children's home or a shelter home.

The CWC is also supposed to provide a support person to assist the child during the investigation and trial of the case with the consent of the child or the child's parents or guardians or any other person in whom the child has trust or confidence.

A senior official of the administration said that protection is not the only thing that the victim requires and she needs post-trauma care by specialised counsellors.

He said in this case, the accused was one of the close members of her own family, and one can easily gauge the trauma she was facing, but she has still been left uncared. He added that the last meeting of the CWC was held on August 13.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said that they had informed the CWC about the case as per provisions of the POSCO Act of 2012.

Deputy commissioner KK Yadav said that he would find out the facts about the case and "we will do everything for the minor rape victim".

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