The victim compensation scheme put in place by the UT administration in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court is gaining ground as the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) has received 21 applications since the scheme was launched in April 2013.
The UT administration has provided financial assistance to seven people ---including acid attack victims, accident victim and murder victim’s kin in the last 12 months. Under this scheme, irrespective of the fate of the criminal case the victim can be awarded compensation.
SLSA has received 21 applications
SLSA member secretary Lal Chand said, “As per the directions of the Supreme Court and following amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), every state was to set up a compensation scheme to provide financial aid to the victim of various crimes. We have received about 21 applications and some have been disposed of.”
What is the scheme?
The Victim Compensation Scheme, 2010, was put in place in Chandigarh after the Punjab and Haryana high court took suo motu notice of the non- implementation of a provision under the Code of Criminal Procedure under which it is mandatory for each state to award compensation to victims of crime.
Under the scheme, in case of loss of life, the minimum compensation to be awarded is Rs 3 lakh and the maximum is Rs 5 lakh. The minimum and maximum amount of compensation to be awarded to a rape victim is Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, respectively. In case of ‘loss of any limb or part of body resulting in permanent disability, Rs 2 lakh will be the minimum and Rs 3 lakh will be the maximum compensation awarded to the victim or the next of kin. For acid attack victims, the administration can grant Rs 2 lakh minimum compensation and Rs 3 lakh as maximum compensation.
Under the scheme, applications moved before a court, department or any social welfare organisation are sent to state legal services authority who forwards them to the district state legal authority for enquiry and deciding compensation. They are then sent to the deputy commissioner (DC) to disburse the compensation. For the execution of the policy, a victim compensation fund has been set up and is operated by Chandigarh DC.
Applications have been disposed of in which three acid attack victims, kin of an accident victim, a rape victim, murder victim’s kin and a women burnt by in-laws has been given compensation.
The murder victim, whose kin have been given compensation is inspector Sucha Singh, stabbed to death in June 2013 by dismissed UT constable Basant alias Bunty and his beloved Sarita.
The acid attack victim have been paid Rs 3 lakh each, while wife of accidental death was awarded Rs 5 lakh, a victim burnt for dowry was awarded Rs 50,000, a rape victim was awarded Rs 3 lakhs and murder victim’s family was awarded Rs 5 lakh.
Court too offering compensation
Enforcing the provisions of criminal procedure code (CrPC) the courts too have started ordering compensation which in many cases is to be recovered from the convicts. However, if the convict goes in for appeal and fails to pay fine the victim do not get anything.
November 19: For killing a 26-year-old woman by poisoning, the court, while convicting her in-laws, also directed them to pay Rs 50,000 each to family of victim.
September 6: The court, while convicting a 20-yr jail youth for rape of 2-year-old girl, directed the convict to pay Rs 1 lakh to the victim’s family as compensation.
April 18: While convicting three of murder of 5-year-old Khushpreet, the court ordered a compensation of Rs 1.75 lakh for parents.