Tuesday, February 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] In wake of transfer of rape case, SC directs Haryana to assess damages



In wake of transfer of rape case, SC directs Haryana to assess damages

31.1.2011 (UNI) Taking serious note of the violence indulged in by the
members of dominating Jat community in Haryana following transfer of
the criminal case of Mirchpur village in Hisar district of Haryana
pertaining to violence against dalits, the Supreme Court directed the
railway ministry and state of Haryana to assess the loss of private
and public property during the road blockade.

Members of dominating community in the state blocked the road in order
to prevent the accused people allegedly involved in Mirchpur violence
from the jail in Haryana to Delhi following the transfer of the case
by the Supreme Court to Delhi.

A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly had earlier
transferred the trial of the case to Delhi when the family members of
the victim complained to the Supreme Court that trial is not being
allowed in free and fair manner and the atmosphere of intimidation and
fear is being created in the court room and witnesses are not being
allowed to reach the court and the state police is also not protecting
the prosecution witnesses.

The apex court has indicated that the loss caused to the public and
private property during the road blockade will be recovered from the
miscreants and the state for not taking adequate steps to prevent the
loss to public and private property.

Dalits had fled their homes following attack by the dominant community
after the dalits demanded action against the culprits responsible for
abetting the suicide of a minor dalit girl and her aged father
following torture and harassment by the police.

The girl was allegedly raped by one of the members of the dominant
community. UNI

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