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Delhi govt announces grant for sexually assaulted siblings

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 00:24

New Delhi: Delhi Government on Monday announced a financial assistance of Rs four lakh to the family of three minors, who were sexually assaulted for the past one-and-a-half years allegedly by their school cab driver.

Announcing the grant, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said the government decided to provide the assistance to the family to meet the expenditure on healthcare and medicines for the three children.

Cab driver Lalit Ratawal was arrested on September 17 for allegedly raping a young girl and sodomising her two brothers for about one-and-a-half years in Prasad Nagar area of central Delhi.
Walia said she has been visiting the family almost on a daily basis and arranging the best medical treatment for them. She has also written a letter to her Cabinet colleague and Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely asking him to make it mandatory for all the private and government schools to verify antecedents of drivers and helpers of schools vans.

“I have requested Lovely to issue an order to all private and government schools to carry out background check of all the drivers and helpers of their school vans to ensure safety
and security of the children, " Walia said.
The Health Minister also thanked Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal for transferring the Prasad Nagar case from local police to the Crime Branch following a request by her. In a strongly worded letter written to Dadwal last week, Walia requested him to intervene and hand over the case to the Crime Branch. Walia had accused the local police of trying to
victimise the children by way of raising questions in a "horrible manner" instead of giving them a helping hand.

The Minister said Government has prepared a "plan" under which schools will be asked to appoint counsellors in the schools to address problems of the children.


First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 00:24

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