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‘Despite Clear Mandate Of Section 357-A CrPC, Non- Implementation Of It By Criminal Courts Is Disturbing’, Chhattisgarh HC Orders 7 Lakhs Compensation For Rape Victim

The Chhattisgarh High Court recently held in a Writ petition that the Petitioner (the Rape victim) was entitled to compensation (₹7 lakhs along with interest) under Section 357-A of the CrPC read with Section 33(8) of the POCSO Act. The bench of Justice Sanjay K. Agrawal also observed that,
“Despite clear mandate contained in Section 357-A of the Code and mandate of their Lordships of the Supreme Court in this regard in the judgments cited, the criminal courts are not even considering the question of compensation to the victims, particularly the rape victims which is not only disturbing but warranting remedial steps to be taken forthwith.”

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