Rape victim gets aid from Indian minister

Moved by the plight of a young destitute woman who was sexually assaulted, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa extended a cash assistance of Rs500,000 (S$10,000) and gave her a government job, reported Tamil Nesan.

The woman from Periyakulam in Theni district had appealed to the Chief Minister for assistance after she was raped in February.

She said her parents deserted her about 10 years ago and she was brought up by a relative. She was abducted, raped and grievously wounded by a man on Feb 16.

After considering the plight of the victim, Jayalalithaa invited her to the State Secretariat in Chennai and presented her the cash assistance from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund.

An order appointing her to a job in the state government service was also given to her.

The accused in the rape case, Satish Kumar, was arrested a day after the incident and is awaiting charges.