A week on, CWC fails to meet minor rape victim, provide relief
In sheer apathy towards the rehabilitation of minor rape victims, the district administration has again left a six-and-half-year-old rape victim in the lurch, failing to provide relief to the girl who was sexually assaulted by her 20-year-old neighbour at Nahla village of the district September 25.punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2014 23:54 IST
In sheer apathy towards the rehabilitation of minor rape victims, the district administration has again left a six-and-half-year-old rape victim in the lurch, failing to provide relief to the girl who was sexually assaulted by her 20-year-old neighbour at Nahla village of the district September 25.
None of members of the child welfare committee (CWC) has visited the rape victim at the civil hospital where she was admitted for five days and underwent a minor surgery or her house.
The victim was discharged from the hospital on October 30.
The HT team visited the victim’s house recently and found that she has not come out of the trauma.
Her father, a daily wager, said nobody from the administration contacted them. He said some policemen came to the hospital to record the girl’s statement a few days ago.
The accused was reportedly close to the victim’s family.
A case under section 376 (rape) was registered against the accused, who allegedly took the minor to his house and committed the crime.
The accused was nabbed by residents who handed him over to the police.
The city police referred the case to the child welfare committee (CWC) under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, on September 27.
After the special juvenile police unit (SJPU) sent the case to the CWC on September 27, it was then the responsibility of the administration to ensure proper care, treatment, protection, and rehabilitation of the victim, but it failed to do so.
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 taken to a children’s or shelter home.
The CWC is also supposed to provide a person to assist the child during the investigation and trial period in the case with the consent of the child or the child’s parents or any other person in whom the child has trust or confidence.
Assistant commissioner of police (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu said, “We have informed the CWC about the incident as per procedure under the POSCO Act.”
Deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav was unavailable for comments.