The 17-year-old girl, who had accused five UT policemen of raping and molesting her, has moved an application seeking financial assistance under the UT’s victim compensation scheme.
She is one of the 12 applicants in city who approached the state legal services authority seeking financial assistance under the scheme. Initiating the process to provide her financial assistance, chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma recorded her statement. On August 22, the court is likely to forward the report in this regard to the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), Chandigarh.
Sources said even though the victim had resiled from her allegations, it was unlikely to adversely affect her case for seeking financial assistance.
Five UT police constables - Jagtar Singh, 23; Akshay, 24; Sunil Kumar, 23l; Himmat Singh, 24; and Anil, 25; were arrested and dismissed from service on December 19, 2013, on the allegations of raping and molesting the minor girl for months.
However, the victim turned hostile during the trial. While recording her statement, she had admitted of having a relationship with one of the accused, Akshay, and denied being raped. She had also failed to identify the other accused - Sunil who was booked on charges of rape and co-accused Jagtar Singh, Himmat Singh, and Anil, who were booked on charges of molesting her for months.
SLSA gets 12 applications
SLSA member secretary Lal Chand said, “As per the directions of the Supreme Court and following amendments in Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) every state was to set up victim compensation scheme to provide financial aid to the victim of various crimes. Under this scheme, we have received about 12 applications which are under consideration and few have been disposed of.”
Know the scheme
Victim Compensation Scheme 2010 was put in place in Chandigarh after Punjab and Haryana high court had taken suo motu notice of the non-implementation of a provision under the CrPC under which it is mandatory for each state to award compensation to victims of crime.
As per the scheme, in case of loss of life, the minimum compensation to be awarded is Rs. 3 lakh, the maximum being Rs. 5 lakh. The minimum and maximum amount of compensation to be awarded to a rape victim is Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 3 lakh respectively. In case of loss of any limb or part of body resulting in permanent disability Rs. 2 lakh as minimum and Rs. 3 lakh will be the maximum compensation awarded to the victim or next of kin.
For acid attack victims, the administration can grant minimum Rs. 2 lakh as compensation and Rs. 3 lakh as maximum compensation. For execution of the policy, Victim Compensation Fund was set up that is operated by the Chandigarh deputy commissioner.
Sucha’s kin benefitted from scheme
Under the scheme, the kin of UT police inspector Sucha Singh, who was stabbed to death in June 2013 by dismissed UT constable Basant alias Bunty and his beloved Sarita, were granted compensation. Apart from this an acid attack victim was also compensated by the UT administration.