“Compensation ordered for victims of child sexual abuse” From The Hindu
By Mohamed Imranullah S.
“Child sexual abuse happens because the system of silence around the act perpetuates it. It represses children; the repression of children is unlikely to create a flourishing society, economically, emotionally, equally or spiritually,” began a judgment passed by the Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday quoting Pinki Virani, author of Bitter Chocolate.
Justice K. Chandru delivered the judgment in a couple of writ petitions filed by the father of a seventh standard girl who was one among many reportedly subjected to various forms of sexual abuse by S. Arockiasamy, headmaster of a government high school at Podhumbu, a nondescript village in Madurai West Taluk here. The educational authorities had suspended him from service last year after a preliminary enquiry.
The petitioner had sought compensation as well as a fair investigation by the police. Accepting both the pleas, the judge directed the Madurai Collector to pay a compensation of Rs.1.2 lakh to every girl child who was sexually abused by the headmaster under the threat of awarding low marks in the examinations and making adverse remarks in their conduct certificates.
Arriving at the compensation amount of Rs.1.2 lakh from the statutory prescription for victims of sexual exploitation under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the judge made it clear that a similar amount must be paid to non-Dalit student victims too without any discrimination.”
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