HC issues rule on policy for state to rehabilitate, compensate rape victims
Publish- February 24, 2021, 11:19 PM
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The High Court (HC) on Wednesday issued a rule seeking an explanation as to why a policy should not be formulated for the state to provide rehabilitation facilities as well as compensation to rape victims across the country.
The bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.
The rule asked why rape victim three children-(one from Dinajpur, four years old from Rangpur and another nine years old from Khulna) should not get adequate compensation.
Secretaries to the Home Ministry, the Women and Children Affairs Ministry and Health Ministry were made respondents, and asked to respond within four weeks.
Advocate Abdul Halim stood for the writ petitioner.
Children Charity Foundation filed the writ petition on January 2.
Abdul Halim said around 97 percent accused in rape cases get acquittal as the state fails to adequately prosecute them based on evidence and testimonies.
Children who suffer rape see their childhoods disrupted severely, while their studies also go off track.
Rehabilitation facilities for rape victims enjoys universal approval, and when it comes to compensation, the writ mentioned the precedence of the Indian Supreme Court directing a state government to pay Rs 10 lakh in compensation to a destitute woman who was raped, Halim said.
Several newspaper reports over violation of children were attached with the writ petition.