Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Courts have issued directives to both the states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, introducing a policy to formally remove the requirement for the father’s name in all its forms, especially in educational institutions, for the children of rape victims.
Seen as a revolutionary step to support and rehabilitate rape victims and their children, the directive is not just about administrative change, reported TOI.
The order also includes the creation of one-stop centers, dedicated to providing regular psychological and emotional counseling to rape victims. These centers aim to help survivors make informed decisions about continuing or ending a pregnancy as a result of sexual assault.
In cases where the time limit for safe termination of pregnancy has expired but the survivor chooses not to keep the child, the court has ordered the Central Adoption Authority (CARA) or similar organization to expedite the process regarding preparation of adoption documents for the child.
Meanwhile, if the survivor decides to raise the child, the State must assist, including a monthly allowance, to ensure the child receives good nutrition, good health and a decent education.
Court orders are issued in response to a survivor’s claim. During the extended hearing, the petition’s scope was expanded to address the rehabilitation of rape survivors and their children, as well as improving living conditions in communities and shelter.