Three days after the Delhi Government approved the Victim Compensation Scheme for crime victims, a Sessions court in Tis Hazari has recommended grant of compensation to a seven-year-old girl while sentencing her rapist to seven years' rigorous imprisonment. The scheme provides Rs.50,000 to victims of human trafficking, child abuse and kidnapping, Rs.10,000 to children who suffer injury as a result of the crime, and Rs.20,000 for rehabilitation of victims.

Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar said: “Recently, the Government of National Capital Territory Delhi has approved Delhi Victim's Compensation Scheme, 2011, for the purpose of providing compensation to the victims who have suffered loss or injury as a result of offence including sexual offence. Keeping in view the injury suffered by the victim in this case, and that the convict may not adequately compensate the victim for the injury to her person and modesty, this Court deems it a fit case to recommend her compensation…Accordingly, a copy of this judgment be sent to Secretary (Central), Delhi Legal Service Authority, as provided under Rule 5 of the Scheme.”

The girl was five years old when she was raped in 2010. She and her family comprising her mother, father and three siblings earned their livelihood by begging and lived in a park at Meena Bazaar near Jama Masjid. On Diwali night, at three in the morning, the child, who was bleeding, woke up her mother and complained to her of the abuse she was subjected to by Trilok Thakur who lived in the same park.

The mother tried to awaken the father but could not because he was drunk. The mother then went in search of the rapist and ultimately found him at 11 a.m. She awakened the father, told him what happened, and the two apprehended the rapist and took him to the Jama Masjid police station.

The ASJ also noted that the accused could not take “undue advantage” of the poverty of the victim's family. “The accused has been held guilty on proof of accusation that he did commit rape. The victim was a five-year-old child. She was a student of first standard during the days of the commission of the crime. Her parents were dependent on alms. The convict could not take undue advantage of their poverty.”

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