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1235883_10151840972190630_1532967946_nNational Legal Research Desk

The Legal Services Authority Act, 1987 provides free legal services to all women. As per Section 357A of the CrPC the State Governments have to formulate a Victim Compensation Scheme (VCS) in consultation with the Central Government. As informed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, till date 17 States and 7 Union territories have notified the victim compensation scheme. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 also mandates free medical assistance for victims of rape and acid attack in all private and Government Hospitals.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India is administering shelter based schemes i.e: Swadhar and Short Stay Homes for providing immediate shelter to women in distress including rape victim. Protective and rehabilitative (P&R) Homes for the victims of trafficking are also funded by the Ministry under the Ujjwala Scheme. Under these homes free food, clothing, medical, counselling and basic skill training are provided to the beneficiary women. The Ministry also administering a scheme of Family Counselling Centres (FCCs) through the Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) to provide counselling, referral and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of atrocities, family maladjustment, social ostracisation etc.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

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