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Govt unveils relief, rehab scheme for acid victims

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, January 28, 2013
First Published: 01:11 IST(28/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:15 IST(28/1/2013)

The Haryana government has unveiled a relief and rehabilitation scheme for women who have become victims of acid attack.

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The principal secretary, Women and Child Development Department, Dheera Khandelwal has clarified that the victims facing acid attack after May 2, 2011 would be eligible under the scheme.

“An application might be filed either by the victim or by her heir claiming on her behalf in cases where the victim herself was disabled to make an

application,” said the official.

A state-level committee would coordinate and monitor the functions of district committees. It would ensure proper disbursement of funds. The state will also supplement financial assistance on the

recommendation of the district committees.

Apart from this, the committees would also issue directions to the appropriate authorities for ensuring proper medical, psychological and legal assistance to the victim. All the medical reimbursement would be approved by the committee before providing the financial relief.

Khandelwal said at district level, the committee for relief and rehabilitation of women acid attack victims has been constituted under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner.

The committee would have exclusive jurisdiction to deal with the applications received under the scheme in the district.

The committee would have two or more members having expertise in matters relating to criminal law, working in the field of empowerment of women and medical doctor. She said that out of these, at least two members would be women.

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