The Supreme Court has held that there can be no compromise in a rape case and said that asking a convicted rapist to mediate and settle with a rape survivor is illegal. The SC has called the order by a lower court in Madhya Pradesh as a spectacular error, and said that rapist-survivor mediation is illegal. The apex court has also said that any such attempt is a compromise on a woman's modesty.An order in the similar vein was recently debated across the country. The Madras High Court had asked a rapist and survivor to mediate and settle a case.In 2012, a Cuddalore Mahila court found V Mohan guilty of raping *Manju when she was a minor. In 2009, she had given birth to a girl child. Mohan later approached the Madras High Court with an appeal against his conviction.It was in connection with this petition that on June 18, Justice P Devadass asked the mediation centre attached to the Madras High Court to assist lawyers of the rape survivor and the convict, and in case of a compromise, draw up a “Memorandum of Understanding”. The survivor had told The News Minute that she had no wish to compromise. The rapist is now out on bail. "He put drugs in my cool drink and raped me. When I became pregnant, he threatened me, told me to have an abortion. Why should I marry that man?” asks 22-year-old Manju*.Read full interview with Manju here.