Nipun Saxena v Union of India: 10 year-old’s rape case- Status report submitted, accused convicted and directed to pay compensation

In the previous order dated October 12th, 2017, a report had been filed by Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority(CLSA), 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 bench had directed CLSA to file an updated status report in the next hearing.

In lieu of these directions, CLSA filed a status report which indicated both the accused were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast-track court. As a part of the compensation to the rape survivor, the accused have been directed to pay Rs. 3,05,000 each, out of which Rs. 5000 each is to be paid to the State under Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The remaining Rs.3 lakhs each is to be paid to the victim, which is in addition to Rs. 10 lacs awarded by CLSA.

It has been three months since the 10 year-old survivor delivered the child. The report indicated that she is healthy, and no trauma or stress has been observed. Additionally, she has rejoined school and is keeping well.

The child has been put up for adoption, and prospective parents have been identified.

Court is likely to dispose the application in view of this report.

The main petition will come up for hearing on December 7th. The Court will be taking up the issue of transport specifically internet-based taxi apps.