Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said that it would decide at a later stage whether the Maharashtra government should be directed to hike the compensation to rape and acid attack victims, from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. The HC had earlier said that the compensation that is fixed for all the offences against women must be decided on ‘case-to-case’ basis.
This comes in response to the petition filed by a 14-year-old girl, who has sought the compensation amount of Rs 3 lakh. A, a resident of Borivali, she has claimed she was raped by a man under the false pretext of marriage.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur, was informed by the girl’s advocate that the compensation provided by the Maharashtra government was much lower than that provided by the Goa government i.e Rs 10 lakh.
The government advocate told the bench the State has refused to grant compensation to the girl. The advocate said the girl had given consent to sex and hence, no offence of rape was made out.
Irked by the submission, Chief Justice Chellur said, “I am disturbed and shocked to hear the stand of the Maharashtra government that it was ‘consensual’. She (victim) is only 14-year-old and how can you (government) think that she has the maturity to give consent or understand the consequences thereof? Even if she has consented, it still amounts to rape under law.”