A bench comprising of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta was hearing the case of Nipun Saxena v. Union of India in the Supreme Court of India today. The bench went over the suggestions filed by Amicus Curiae Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, assisted by Advocate Radhika Saxena, concerning victim compensation schemes across the country.
The bench directed National Legal Services Authority(NALSA) to appoint a committee to review the schemes keeping the suggestions made by the Amicus Curiae into account and prepare a model scheme limited to sexual offences on or before 31st December, 2017.
The Court also directed the matter to be listed on 9th December 2017 to hear submissions on the issue of safety in public transport including radio and internet-based taxi apps on an urgent basis owing to the growing number of sexual offences occurring in such taxis.
The interim application filed by the Amicus Curiae pertaining to the 10 year-old rape victim from Chandigarh was also heard by this bench. The Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority filed a status report disclosing that the victim’s younger maternal uncle’s DNA had matched that of her new born baby, and he was accordingly chargesheeted in addition to the uncle arrested earlier. The victim and her mother appeared before the Trial Court for evidence today, the matter is being heard on a day-to-day basis. The Bench directed the interim application to be listed after 3 weeks, on November 9th for a status update on the issue.
Read the order here.