In violation of the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the district administration has failed to disburse Rs 1 lakh to a Class 7 student who was allegedly gangraped by three upper caste youths a month ago.
Under the act, the administration has to approach the victim to provide compensation. However, in this case the administration has done nothing.
The act also mandates 50% of the amount to be disbursed to the victim soon after medical examination.
A minor dalit girl of Sekhon Wala Khooh locality of Kartarpur was allegedly kidnapped and raped by three men on February 26.
Though the police registered a case under various sections of the SC/ST act, no compensation was given.
“No compensation has arrived. In fact, no civil official has even visited us to enquire about our well-being. The system has collapsed. Poor people are being treated like slaves,” she said.
Several dalit social and political organisations had to resorted to large-scale protests for three days to ensure the registration of an FIR against the influential accused.
The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Rajesh Bagha said that the commission has taken serious note of the inordinate delay on the part of administration to disburse the compensation.
“The commission has sought an explanation from deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti. I will ensure immediate release of the requisite compensation,” he added.
The scars of the alleged crime continue to haunt the family. The gir’s father worked in Dubai. He returned and is now fearful of leaving his family back in the village.
HT tried to contact the deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti for his comments on the issue, but he was unavailable.
The three accused have been identified as Parmel Singh, alias Pamma, Jassa (both resident of Sekhwan Khoo) and Bhinda of Vidipur village and are under arrest.