2011 acid attack: Pay Rs 5 lakh to minor, HC tells Haryana
Pulling up the Haryana government for its apathetic attitude in not lending a helping hand to a minor girl Prerna, a victim of an acid attack, even after a year of the incident, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the state to release a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to her within two weeks.
A bench headed by justice Rajan Gupta also directed the state counsel to ensure compliance of the court's directions and to seek instructions from the state government as to how it could further help the victim in her medical treatment.
It was on June 18, 2011, that acid was thrown on three minor girls, namely Prerna, Urvashi and Yashika by two boys while they were returning from tuition on two-wheelers in Sector 3 of Rohtak. Prerna sustained severe burn injuries while the other two girls suffered minor injuries.
The directions came on the petition filed by Haryana Legal Services Authority on behalf of the victims tp seek CBI investigation in the case. The bench had handed over the inquiry to the CBI on May 22.
Appearing for the CBI, Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu had asserted before the bench that first and foremost, directions needed to be issued to the Haryana government to pay for the treatment of the helpless victim.
The bench had already directed the CBI to file a status report by August 30 and complete the investigations within six months. Rohtak trial court's proceedings in the case had also been stayed by the high court.
A case was registered under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 307 (attempt to murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC at urban estate police station, Rohtak.
Haryana Legal Services Authority, on behalf of the victims, petitioned the high court for CBI investigation in the case. Levelling allegations of unfair investigations in the case, it was submitted that no cogent reason had been given to exonerate Rohan, who was named as an accused by Prerna in her statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC.
The petition informed the court that the Haryana police, who were seeking arrest warrants against Rohan, changed the entire story on the very day his petition for pre-arrest bail was dismissed as withdrawn from high court.
It was alleged that when test identification parade was conducted, no reason was given for not associating Prerna, the victim, and also the accused Rohan with the whole process.
The case would now come up for hearing on August 2.