HP Govt names school after Kotkhai rape-murder victim’s real name against SC directions
With this step, the government has disclosed real identity of the minor victim, which is legally prohibited.
Shimla- As another effort to calm down infuriated people of the Kotkhai region, the Himachal Pradesh Government has upgraded a school and has named it after victim’s real name.
The government said it was a tribute to Gudiya. With this step, the government has disclosed real identity of the minor victim, which is legally prohibited. The government did not issue any notification regarding prior permission from any authority or kin of the victim.
The Government Middle School Dhar Tarpunoo (धार तरपुणू/टाली) was upgraded to Senior Secondary level. Nine posts were created for the school, regarding which a notification was also issued on July 22, said a spokesperson of the government. There are five posts for PGT, one for TGT (arts), TGT (medical) and language teacher, and a principal. The school will be functional with immediate effect, he said.
The school will be functional with immediate effect, he said.
As per the two judgments given by the Supreme Court of India in 2003 and 2006,
Keeping in view the objective of preventing social victimisation or ostracism of the victim of a sexual offence for which section 228-A has been enacted, it would be appropriate that in the judgments, be it of this court, high courts or lower courts, the name of the victim should not be indicated.
The government cited the reason behind this tribute to be the distance that the victim girl used to cover to reach her school. She was compelled to walk about six kilometers from her village. The father of the victim always wanted his daughter to receive a good education, but there was no school in the vicinity. The parents do not wish to send victim’s brother to the same school she was attending before meeting a horrible death after alleged gang-rape.
However, explanation regarding legal aspect of the disclosure of victim’s name is still awaited.
As an aid from the government, Rs. 2 lakhs were also given to the family. The Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur, who visited the family on Friday, has requested the government to consider upgrading more schools.