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Do not delay in paying compensation to rape victims: HC

  • Demonetisation should not come in the way of banks releasing timely payments to compensate rapevictims, the Delhi high court said on Wednesday.

    A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Jayant Nath also directed the government to notify the victim compensation scheme for victims of heinous offences, including rape, and gave two weeks' time for the same.

    The bench made it clear that payment of compensation has to be prioritised after the Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) informed it that after the demonetisation notification there has been some delay in payments as bank employees are busy with cash exchange and related works. However, the authority assured the court that payments have been streamlined after initial hiccups.
     

    Meanwhile, the bench, during a marathon hearing on the PIL on women safety initiated suo moto by it after the Nirbhaya incident, allowed the plea of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to become a party to the proceedings.
     
    On Tuesday, the commission — through its chairperson Swati Maliwal — had moved an application to intervene and sought directions to Centre, Delhi Police and other agencies to make city more secure for women and children. It sought better lighting of dark zones in Delhi and setting up CCTVs in buses and bus stops to prevent violence against women and children in the city.
     
    It also drew the court's attention to lack of a rehabilitation policy for rape survivors in Delhi and the abysmal condition of nari niketans.
     

    OUR TAKE

    Although it is true that everyone is facing the brunt of the sudden demonetization call taken by our government, it is also true that the ones who have suffered so much because of such inhuman deeds should get priority over any other. For them, a few bundles of notes are not enough to bring back the smile on their face. But we should do our part in giving it back to them the respect and reverence due to them.


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