New Delhi, October 2: Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi government, legal services authority and state commission for women to respond to a plea moved by a victim of human trafficking and rape who has sought Rs. 19 lakh as compensation.

The court while listing December 9 as the day for next hearing in the case has asked the authorities to file their replies.

The victim in her plea said she belongs to a poor and vulnerable family residing in a remote rural area of Meghalaya. She was lured and trafficked to Delhi on the pretext of a job by her cousin, who along with others is allegedly running a trafficking racket in the national capital. The plea alleged that hundreds of girls, including minors, were trafficked and forced into commercial sexual exploitation.

The woman said she was lured in January last year on the pretext of providing a job on a salary of Rs. 20,000. However, on her arrival in Delhi, she was taken to a flat where she was repeatedly raped by a man who in turn sold her to several others and was sexually exploited by them.

Sharing her ordeal the victim said that in February last year, she managed to escape and reached Malviya Nagar police station with the help of some friends, and lodged an FIR.

She said that she was shocked when despite a specific complaint, the police officer had not invoked the penal provision of rape in the FIR.

The survivor has moved an application for compensation under the Delhi Victim Compensation Scheme and Compensation Scheme for Women Victim/ Survivor of Sexual Assault/ Other Crimes-2018, seeking a compensation of Rs 19 lakhs in February this year.

Claiming that no action has been taken by the authorities so far, she said that she had submitted her application for compensation to the Department of Women and Child Development, which forwarded it to Delhi State Legal Services Authority which in turn had sent it to South district DLSA.