Finance minister Arun Jaitley announced the BJP government’s decision to ensure that easing physical trauma and providing immediate medical care to victims of sexual abuse are given priority over convoluted legal formalities in the Capital — inverting the pyramid of medico-legal cases as we know it.
The home ministry was allocated Rs 65,745 crore in the 2014-15 budget announced on Thursday, a 11 per cent jump over last year’s outlay, outlining a slew of measures for safety of women in large cities, setting up of crisis management centres in Delhi and paramilitary forces getting a significant hike in their outlays.
“It is also proposed to set up ‘crisis management centres’ in all the districts of National Capital Territory of Delhi this year in all government and private hospitals. The funding will be provided from the Nirbhaya Fund,” Jaitley said.
HT was the first to report the scheme on June 17. The initiative is expected to bring a sea change not only in the way the police respond to crimes of a sexual nature but the very way the law of the land responds to victims of violent sexual assault round-the-clock.
The Centre has provisions of medical, legal and rehabilitative services for the victim under one roof in the form of a special examination room in each of these hospitals has been provided for victims along with an additional room for a police officer to record the statements of victims in addition to other legal formalities.
Currently, the scheme is propsed to be set up at four government hospitals in pilot mode. These are Deen Dayal Upadhayay (DDU) hospital in west Delhi’s Hari Nagar, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Mangolpuri and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital at Dilshad Garden in east Delhi.
The Capital has 38 government hospitals which are permitted to cater to victims of crime.