The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the Madhya Pradesh government to explore the possibility of making the ‘Usha Kiran Yojna’ more elaborate and friendly for the rape victims.
The court issued the directive during hearing of a petition registered by it in public interest taking suo moto cognizance on the news reports pertained to rape of a 90-year-old woman.
As the Trial Court has already convicted the accused person and the matter is now pending before the appellate court.
Now the court is hearing on the larger public issue concerned to preventive steps to check re-occurrence of such incident, the rehabilitation measure and other issues in view of the judgements passed by the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court.
Additional Advocate General PK Kaurav pointed to the court that a scheme tagged Usha Kiran Yojna is notified by the State government considering various aspects of the rape cases.
In response, Senior advocate Anil Khare appearing as amicus curiae pointed to the court that the scheme need to be amended to remove various practical difficulties in execution of rehabilitation, investigation and fast trial of rape cases.
To which, the additional advocate general came out with a suggestion that an appropriate committee consisting of experts, administrative officers including police officers can be constituted to look into various aspects of the matter.
A division bench comprised of Acting Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anjuli Palo said “the amicus curiae and if required other experts in field including social workers, or NGOs may also be associated with the committee which shall go into various aspects”.
Read the order here.