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Compensating rape victim is government's obligation, not charity: Bombay HC

A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by a 14-year-old rape victim, seeking Rs three lakh as compensation.

Published: 01st March 2017 03:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2017 03:57 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

MUMBAI: Rape victims are not beggars and giving compensation to women victims of crime is the state's obligation and not charity, the Bombay High Court said today, terming the Maharashtra government's attitude as "ruthless".     

A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by a 14-year-old rape victim, seeking Rs three lakh as compensation under the government's 'Manodhairya Yojana'.     

The girl, a resident of suburban Borivali, alleged that she was raped by a man who had promised to marry her.     

The HC bench was today informed that after the girl filed the petition in October last year, a sum of Rs one lakh was given to her by the government as compensation.     

During the last hearing, the government had told the high court that it would pay only Rs two lakh compensation to the girl, as the incident seems to be of "consensual nature".     

Irked with this, the high court today said a 14-year-old cannot be expected to understand and take such mature decisions and realise the consequences.     

"We don't like how the government is approaching the issue. This is a very heartless and ruthless attitude. Unless the government starts thinking and taking decisions in such matters from its heart and soul, nothing will happen," Chief Justice Chellur said.     

The HC asked Mumbai Suburban Deputy Collector, who was present in the court today, as to how he would feel if something of this nature would have happened to his kith and kin.     

"You (government) should think from your heart in such cases. There cannot be such an insensitive attitude. This is the government's obligation to help such victims. They (victims) are not beggars and this is not charity. It is their (victims) right," the judges noted.     

"Manodhairya means self-confidence...the government should be boosting the victims' confidence, instead it is doing the opposite," they observed. 

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