After rape, school violates Dalit girl's rights

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New Delhi, Sep 15: The plight of a 14-year-old Dalit gang-rape victim continues. A village school in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh has denied admission to the rape victim, on the grounds of social stigma.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has intervened into the matter, to provide justice to the victim.

Acting on media reports, NHRC has issued notice to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, asking for a report in four weeks, detailing the action taken against the accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, including steps to protect the girl's family and provide monetary relief, said a news report in The Hindu.

The 14-year-old girl was denied admission in a village school in Bijnor as she was the victim of a gang rape, a Commission spokesperson said quoting reports which appeared in a media report.

"The culprits had also made an MMS of the incident and circulated it in the market, revealing her identity and making it difficult for her to go out. The parents of the victim approached a school for her admission in an apparent attempt to allow her overcome her trauma and start life afresh.

"But the school management refused to admit her on the ground that the parents of the other students had threatened to withdraw their wards if the girl was given admission," the spokesperson said quoting media reports.

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