The Bihar cabinet Tuesday formally approved a proposal for a government job for the father of a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped and set ablaze in West Bengal, as also rehabilitation of her family in the state, officials said.
“The state government has decided to provide a job to her father and to rehabilitate the family in Bihar,” Cabinet Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told mediapersons here.
He said the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
“Nitish Kumar assured us to arrange for our rehabilitation in Bihar and provide me a job in the police department as a driver,” the girl’s father, a taxi driver, then said after he and his wife met the chief minister.
The family hails from Bihar’s Samastipur, but had migrated to Madhyamgram in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district in search of livelihood, he said.
Nitish Kumar had earlier announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.1 lakh for the girl’s family.
The girl was allegedly raped twice by a gang in October last year and set afire Dec 23. She died of injuries Dec 31.
The family also met President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking death penalty for the culprits.