Rs 1L damages given to raped minor’s father

TIMES OF INDIA

GURGAON: The district administration on Friday presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the victim’s father as compensation for the rape of a six-year-old girl. The unprecedented development came as Gurgaon police arrested one more man who had also allegedly raped the abducted minor girl in the city on Thursday evening. This meant the girl was gang-raped.

The NGO Shakti Vahini, which runs Childline in Gurgaon, lashed out at the administration for announcing the compensation, terming it a ‘populist measure’. Cops produced the man arrested on Friday and the one arrested on Thursday for the rape in a city court, which sent the two in judicial custody. Meanwhile, the victim, who was admitted in the Civil Hospital in an unconscious state, is under observation.

On Thursday evening, 18-year-old Chotu Ravidas, native of Bihar, who was also living in rented accommodation and working as labourer had abducted the daughter of a rickshaw-puller with the help of one Naresh and the two raped her in his room. Chotu Ravidas was caught after his neighbours raised an alarm while Naresh was caught on Friday. The girl was admitted in the Civil Hospital in an unconscious state. Naresh confessed to police that they had gang-raped the girl.

On Friday a team from the child welfare department went to the Civil Hospital and provided a cheque of Rs 1 lakh from the district administration as financial help for the victim. A senior police officer said that according to the doctors tending her, the girl would be discharged in two or three days. In the hospital, the victim’s father, who was very upset, said: “I want death penalty for the accused”.

Meanwhile, the Janwadi Mahil Morcha submitted a memorandum to DC P C Meena condemning the gangrape. Ravi Kant, Shakti Vahini president, said, “Giving compensation is a knee-jerk reaction of the government which is entirely for cheap publicity on the handling of rape cases. A Childline spokesperson added that they would monitor the case further.

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