A division bench headed by Justice S K Mittal has issued notice to the government after hearing a petition filed by Jaswant Singh and others, stating that the government had not taken adequate measures for rehabilitation of victims of Mirchpur violence.
Seventy-year-old villager Tara Chand and his 18-year-old physically-challenged daughter Suman were burnt alive allegedly by a mob of over 100 upper caste men at Mirchpur on April 21, 2010. Fearing persecution at the hands of upper caste residents, over 150 Dalit families had fled the village after their houses were torched. On October 31, 2011, three persons were sentenced to life imprisonment and five were sent to jail for varying terms in the case.
A few victims had approached the Supreme Court for directing the state government to take steps for their rehabilitation. Hearing their plea, the apex court in August this year had sent the matter to Punjab and Haryana high court for hearing.
The petitioner on Tuesday argued that even after five years of the incident, some victims are still living in tents. The case would now come up for hearing on January 28.
Source : TOI , 21st Oct 2015