Allahabad’s Supreme Court ordered the state government to consider employing a relative of the Hathras gang-rape victim within three months.
In its injunction passed on Tuesday, the Lucknow High Court has also instructed state authorities to consider relocation of the victim’s family outside Hathras, but within Uttar Pradesh, taking into account the family’s social and economic rehabilitation as well as the educational needs of the children of the family, within six months.
The courts Rajan Roy and Jaspreet Singh said the state authorities had to abide by their written promise to the victim’s family on September 30, 2020, in which the family was guaranteed a job in a Group C post in the government.
The court issued the order on a PIL that was registered suo motu on the intervening night of September 29-30, 2020 as “Right to decent and dignified final rituals/cremation”.
The victim’s family had demanded that they need a job and rehabilitation outside Hathras. It was alleged that after the incident, the victim’s brothers and father had become unemployed and that the family had meager farmland to support themselves.
It was also argued that the incident made it difficult for the family to lead a normal life in Hathras.
In its order, the bank also ordered the district magistrate of Hathras to pay the travel and maintenance costs to the witnesses who had depositions during the trial.
The 19-year-old Dalit woman is said to have been raped by four upper caste men on September 14, 2020 in Hathras. She died on September 29 at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi while undergoing treatment.
The victim was cremated at her home overnight. Her family claimed they were forced by local police to hastily perform her last rites. However, local police officers said the cremation was carried out “according to the wishes of the family”.
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