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Pay Rs 5 lakh to kin of girl who tried suicide after rape: Panel

Pay Rs 5 lakh to kin of girl who tried suicide after rape: Panel

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Minorities Commission on Friday recommended an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh for the family of a 14-year-old girl, who attempted suicide after being allegedly raped in Nizamabad district.

Asking the Telangana Government to pay the amount, the panel also directed it to ensure speedy trial in the case, where the survivor set herself ablaze on Thursday. In a release, Abid Rasool Khan, the Commission Chairman, recommended another Rs 5 lakh towards complete cost of further treatment of the girl, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for burn injuries.

The Commission, which took suo motu cognisance of the incident, issued notices to the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Nizamabad seeking a detailed report from them. The panel chief sought a speedy trial to punish the guilty. Khan said the Commission has constituted a three- member Committee comprising women advocates, who have visited the rape survivor and interacted with her family members.

The Committee will file its report shortly, he said. The minor girl poured kerosene and set herself ablaze after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by one Naresh (23), her neighbour, at his relative’s house in Bodapalli village of the district, police have said.