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Sexual abuse of boy: NHRC issues notice to MP govt


New Delhi: Questioning the “silence” of the Madhya Pradesh government over the alleged sexual abuse of a boy by a hostel superintendent in 2014, the National Human Rights Commission has slapped a notice to the Chief Secretary of the state. The Commission has also sought details on the relief and rehabilitation measures taken for the victim, then a student of Class 10, within four weeks.

In its show cause notice, NHRC also asked as to why an interim monetary relief of Rs 25,000 should not be recommended to be paid to the victim and directed the Umaria District Magistrate to take steps for rehabilitation and further education of the victim.

“The Commission’s directions came after it found that though the state government had confirmed the incident in a report but it was silent on the departmental action, if any, taken against the accused as well as the quantum of compensation granted to the victim under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Rules,” an NHRC statement said.

However, the report, submitted by the Superintendent of Police, Umaria, said that an FIR was registered under POCSO Act against the superintendent of the boy’s hostel and a chargesheet was filed in the court in the matter, it added.