Govt apathy of rape victim shocks court
Awards 18-year-old, who tried to commit suicide, Rs 1 lakh compensation.delhi Updated: Jan 02, 2012 23:59 IST
The post-crime trauma suffered by a teenaged rape victim and her family members and the state’s apathy to their plight has shocked a Delhi court, prompting it to order Rs 1 lakh as interim compensation to her.
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau expressed shock after finding that the victim had tried to commit suicide by consuming acid, leading to replacement of her food pipe with an artificial one. The victim’s father suffered two heart attacks and her mother had to work as a maid to sustain the family with no state aid whatsoever.
“I’m shocked to observe that despite this pathetic state of the victim and her family, who, I find, are feeling a sense of physical and psychological isolation, no assistance has been provided to her by the state,” the judge observed, ordering the Delhi government to award her the compensation.
The case dates to 2007, when the 14-year-old victim was raped by one Vicky Sain of Vikaspuri.
The victim, now 18, had allegedly tried to commit suicide after her rape by consuming acid. Though she survived her suicide bid, she suffered extensive damage to her internal system and despite replacement of her food pipe, she is not able to swallow food and speak properly even now.
First Published: Jan 02, 2012 23:58 IST