New Delhi, 18 August(Wishav Warta): The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the Chandigarh administration to respond to a plea seeking Rs 10 lakh compensation for a 10-year-old rape victim, who delivered a baby yesterday (Thursday). The minor girl, whose plea seeking permission to undergo termination of pregnancy was earlier turned down by the apex court following a medical report, yesterday delivered a baby at a government hospital at Chandigarh. The top court was informed that the authorities in Chandigarh were insisting that compensation would be granted to her only after a charge sheet was filed in the case.
“That is no answer … What they say is absurd. We will issue notice to the Chandigarh administration also,” a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.
Besides the Centre and Chandigarh administration, the apex court also sought responses from member secretary of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and District Legal Services Authority of Chandigarh and posted the matter for further hearing on August 22.