The Court made the observation while hearing a plea filed by a woman who claimed that she belonged to the SC/ST group from Jharkhand. She was forced by a man after which her father lodged a complaint.
The man was later apprehended and the victim’s father and the police got her to marry the man later, after which the woman filed a complaint as well as the case for maintenance against her husband after which she got the divorce and the custody of her son was given to the husband.
On June 8’ 2002, during her visit to Daltonganj, for meeting her son, she was raped by four men again.
While observing that a rape victim suffers not only mental trauma but also discrimination from the society, the Deputy Commissioner was ordered by the bench, compromising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R. Subash Reddy, and Justice M R Shah, to consider the case of the petitioner for a house under the Prime Minister Awas Yojna or some other scheme which will suit her current situation and get her relief.
The bench, while passing the order said,
“The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ranchi, and other competent authority shall review the Police security provided to the petitioner from time to time and take such measures as deem fit and proper.
The District Legal Services Authority, Ranchi on the representation made by the petitioner shall render legal services to the petitioner as may be deemed fit to safeguard the interest of the petitioner.”
The Court further noted that compensation for the injury should be granted to the petitioner under the already enforced Statutory Scheme in Jharkhand which has been framed under section 357A of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, which provides the procedure for Grant of Compensation.
It was informed that
“The petitioner had already made application to seek compensation under the above Scheme and payment of compensation has already been made”
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