Chandigarh: Child protection society has no funds to compensate 10-year-old rape survivor
An account meant exclusively for cases pertaining to Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act was created on July 3 under the domain of the UT CPS.punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2017 14:08 IST
Amidst reports about family of 10-year-old rape survivor refusing to take compensation and that of the State Legal Service Authority’s (SLSA) inability to provide any such relief until the trial begins, it has emerged that the UT Child Protection Society (CPS) is also deprived of funds to be in a position to provide any form of compensations to more than 33 week pregnant girl and her family.
An account meant exclusively for cases pertaining to Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act was created on July 3 under the domain of the UT CPS. However, exactly one month after, the account hasn’t been executed and no funds were sent to the organisation to address such cases.
CCPCR chairperson writes to UT home secretary
Sources said the social welfare department officials addressed this concern to the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) and the child rights body chairperson Harjinder Kaur has written to UT home secretary requesting him to immediately ensure release and execution of funds for JJ to the Child Protection Society.
“It is the least the UT can do at its level to ensure the family is taken care of at this time. I have been getting regular updates from the Child Welfare Committee, the helplines but this particular issue regarding compensation for the victim remains to be resolved,” Kaur told HT. Despite repeated efforts, social welfare department director Nishu Singhal could not be contacted. The CPS officials also didn’t take calls.
CCPCR recommends child-friendly stations to hospitals
Taking note of the 10-year-old’s treatment, Harjinder Kaur has written to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 16 and Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to have one-stop child friendly stations for treatment in such cases. “I had written to the authorities two months ago as well, however, it wasn’t addressed and this episode made me realise the dire need for these. PGI already has such stations.”
The girl was allegedly raped over a seven month period. Her parents got to know of the incident when they took her to a doctor. The Supreme Court rejected a plea to abort her foetus last Friday.