Free medical treatment for rape victims :Maha to tell HC

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 14 April 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government is expected to place before the Bombay High Court on Wednesday its policy for providing free medical treatment for rape victims. The government has to state if rape victims can also avail free treatment at private medical colleges.

On March 12, the court passed the direction while hearing two public interest litigation including one taken up spontaneously after a woman was molested on a train between Nerul and Juinagar stations in the wee hours of June 19, 2011. The Dharmadhikari panel, set up to suggest women-friendly recommendations, had submitted six reports with 171 recommendations including ban on women waitresses in bars and restaurants as measure to curb attacks on women and reduce the crime rate in Mahararashtra, The government has accepted 109 recommendations.

The bench was informed by a petitioner's advocate that one of the committees recommendations was to ensure that appropriate free medical treatment is extended to the victims of rape. He also informed that the government's response is that free treatment is provided only in government hospitals.

The court was told that the real emphasis should be on providing prompt medical treatment to rape victims in all hospitals. Also , that if a government hospital is not available in the vicinity, the victim should be able to take treatment in a private hospital and the government should reimburse them. Adjourning the hearing to April 15, 2015 bench then directed the State government`` to deal with this aspect and place on record the policy. ''

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