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Minor Rape Victim Can’t Be Handed Over To Accused’s Kin: Gauhati HC Stays Arunachal Court’s Order [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jul 2021 9:17pm

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The Gauhati High Court has put on hold a controversial order by a sessions court in Arunachal Pradesh that ordered a childcare home to hand over custody of a minor rape survivor to a relative of the rape victim. 

In a letter to the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary, the Director-General of Police, and other officials concerned on June 30, the Additional Advocate General of the State said the High Court’s Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia had taken suo motu cognizance of the case related to the custody of the minor girl. 

The case relates to a girl from Nepal brought to Arunachal Pradesh many years ago. She was working as a domestic helper at the house of one Aka Kalung in Roing for a monthly salary of Rs. 1,500. The girl child, aged between 12-15 years of age, was alleged to have been sexually abused by Aka Kalung and refused to go back to his house. The girl was reported missing on March 2, 2021. The case took a turn when she told the police that she had been subjected to sexual abuse by Kalung, following which the District Child Welfare Committee put her at the Child Care Institute. A case under relevant sections of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) Act was registered against Kalung March. He was absconding before the district police caught him and filed a chargesheet against him in April 2020. 

The father of the child moved an application before the learned Sessions Judge,… Continue Reading...

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