2012-Chhawala rape case: U’khand CM Dhami assures justice to victim

8 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, promised on Tuesday that the 2012 Chhawala rape victim will receive justice.

Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, promised on Tuesday that the 2012 Chhawala rape victim will receive justice.

“I have spoken to advocate Charu Khanna, who is handling the case and union law minister Kiren Rijiju regarding the Supreme Court’s decision of acquitting the three accused in 2012- Chhawla rape case. The victim is the daughter of our country and we will do everything to ensure that she gets justice,” Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said in a conversation with ANI.

The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the Delhi High Court order and acquitted three men who were awarded the death penalty by a lower court after being held guilty of raping and killing a 19-year-old woman in Delhi’s Chhawala area in 2012.

The conviction and sentence decisions made by the trial court and the High Court in this case were overturned by a bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat, and Bela M Trivedi.

The court awarded the accused a benefit of the doubt and instructed to let free the accused promptly if not necessary in any other instance.

“…the judgments and orders of conviction and sentence passed by the trial court and the High Court are set aside. The Appellants-accused are acquitted from the charges leveled against them by giving them a benefit of doubt, and they are directed to be set free forthwith if not required in any other case. The appeals deserve to be allowed accordingly,” the court had said.

The court did, however, order that the victim’s parents would be entitled to whatever compensation that may be allowed by law, assuming it has not already been given by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority.

In a petition to the Supreme Court, three men argued against the death penalty for the rape and murder of a 19-year-old girl in Delhi’s Chhawala.