A political party has moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the State government to shift a child rape victim from the Government Children’s Hospital, Egmore here, to any private specialty hospital in the city at the State’s expense to provide her effective treatment. It has also prayed for a CB-CID investigation into the alleged crime.

In the public interest litigation petition, M. Nafeesa Banu said she was the State secretary of the women’s wing of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI.)

On seeing reports in the visual and print media that a 10-year-old school girl had been sexually abused by an unidentified person, party members made enquiries. It was learnt that on September 14, the victim, studying in Standard IV in a government school, was sleeping in her house when she went missing around 4 a.m. She was found lying on the outskirts of Red Hills with bleeding injuries. The girl was taken to the Government Hospital, Ponneri, where only first aid was given. She was referred to the Government Children’s Hospital here. When enquired, the girl had told her parents that a man took her to a cashew grove and raped her.

The Sholavaram police did not even furnish the victim’s family a copy of the FIR. Also, the family was being pressured by police to identify any one of the four persons whom they suspected to be the culprit.

The approach of local police appeared to be untrustworthy and lacked in objectivity, the petitioner said.

Though medical officers in the hospital were doing their best despite lack of sufficient facilities and infrastructure, the treatment which the girl needed could not be provided. She should be shifted to a private specialty hospital at the State’s expense, the petitioner said.

Counselling

Mrs. Banu said the child should be provided counselling. Also, the victim’s family should be paid a reasonable sum as compensation.

The First Bench, consisting of Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, has posted the matter for September 20.


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