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UP govt pays compensation to Gonda rape victim


New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh government has paid monetary relief of Rs three lakh to a woman, who was allegedly raped by a police constable in district Gonda, following a direction from the National Human Rights Commission.

Initially, the government had refused to provide financial assistance to the victim but later complied with the recommendations of the NHRC

In its notice, the NHRC had said that a public servant had violated the victim’s human rights for which the State was liable.

Earlier, in response to the Commission’s notice, the state government had said that there was no provision in the Police Department to provide financial assistance to the victim.

In its communication to the Commission, the UP Government said that a criminal case under Section 376 IPC was filed against the accused constable and that he was arrested and sent to jail.

A woman was allegedly raped on September 5 in 2012 in Janaki Nagar in Gonda district.

She had gone to drop her younger brother to school. While coming back home, she was waylaid by the constable who dragged her to a bush and physically assaulted her.