As per the Subsection 11 of Section 15-A of the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes Act of 1989, it is the duty of concerned state to establish scheme in order to make justice accessible to the victims and witnesses. The Allahabad High Court on Saturday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to specify the details of the scheme for the persons concerned in the Hathras rape case.
The state is directed to give its reply to the court by October 22 this year. Justices Rajan Roy and Jaspreet Singh made this observation during a hearing of the case.
Amicus Curie Jaideep Narain Mathur and Seema Kushwaha who represented the girl’s family in court claimed that they have been denied employment, agricultural land and a house. They also claimed that the monthly pension of Rs 5,000 sanctioned earlier has not yet reached the girl’s family. The court asked the lawyers to file a reply to the State’s affidavit by October 22, as reported by LiveLaw.
Last month, the girl’s brother had appealed to the court to transfer the trial of the rape case to special court outside of Hathras. The court denied the same.
The brother alleged that a mob including lawyers forced their into the Hathras court and intimidates the witnesses. The trial court proceedings were then halted. The court had directed to protection to the girl’s family for the non-disruption of the trial by any person.
Hathras Rape Case:
In September last year, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gangraped by four uppercaste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. She succumbed to the injuries in a hospital in Delhi after two weeks. The girl’s body was allegedly cremated by the police officers without the consent of her family members. The police later denied the allegation.
After one year since the death of the girl, many expressed concern over the delay in justice to the girl and her family members.
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