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High Court issues rule on policy for state to rehabilitate, compensate rape survivors

  • Published at 11:47 pm February 24th, 2021
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Around 97% accused in rape cases get acquittal as the state fails to adequately prosecute them based on evidence and testimonies, says the petitioner Advocate Abdul Halim

The High Court 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 survivors 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 three rape survivor children – one from Dinajpur, a four-year-old from Rangpur, and a nine-year-old from Khulna – should not get adequate compensation.

Secretaries to the Home Ministry, 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% 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 survivors 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 Rs10 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.

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