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Government approves relief plan for rape victims

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NEW DELHI: Delhi government on Monday approved a comprehensive compensation scheme for victims of rape, acid attacks, human trafficking, child abuseand kidnapping. It has decided to set aside Rs 15 crore, to begin with, for the scheme that was formulated by the Union home ministry.

According to the provisions of the scheme a rape victim will get compensation of Rs 2-3 lakh within two months of the crime. In case of death, a maximum compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a minimum of Rs 3 lakh will be given to the family of the victim. An acid-attack victim will be given compensation in the range of Rs 2-3 lakh in case of disfigurement of the face, while other victims will get Rs 50,000. Victims of human trafficking, child abuse and kidnapping will be given compensation of Rs 50,000. The scheme also envisages providing Rs 20,000 for rehabilitation of the victims.

The new scheme has been formulated after addition of a new provision – section 357-A – in the code of criminal procedure (amendment) Act, 2008.The Act lays down that every state, in coordination with the central government, shall prepare a scheme for providing funds for the purpose of compensation to the victim or his dependents who have suffered loss or injury as a result of the crime and who require rehabilitation.

Government approves relief plan for rape victims

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