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Court directed DCW to ensure the provision of separate accommodation within four weeks, acknowledging the changed circumstances in the survivor's life
The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to arrange separate accommodation for the Unnao rape survivor, taking into account her marriage and the recent birth of her child.
The survivor, who was a minor when the incident occurred, had sought separate housing following the conviction of then-BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
The bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad emphasized the need for providing independent living arrangements for the survivor.
The court directed DCW to ensure the provision of separate accommodation within four weeks, acknowledging the changed circumstances in the survivor's life.
As part of the earlier arrangements, the survivor and her family were provided government accommodation and security due to perceived threats. The Uttar Pradesh government had been reimbursing the rent for the accommodation.
The court stipulated that the UP government must continue to reimburse the rent, ensuring the survivor's continued safety and stability. It further emphasized that the allocated accommodation cannot be withdrawn without a court order, offering additional protection to the survivor.
The legal proceedings were initiated based on a petition filed by the survivor, represented by Advocate Harshit Gehlot.
Advocate Rishikesh Kumar, representing DCW, assured the court that they would identify suitable separate accommodation within the stipulated four-week period. Additionally, he urged the court to direct the Uttar Pradesh government to continue reimbursing the rent for the accommodation, a request that was considered and granted by the court.
Case Title: A.S. v. Delhi Commission for Women & Ors.
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