After being pulled up by the Bombay high court over its half-hearted implementation of the Manodhairya scheme, aimed at providing financial, medical and legal aid, rehabilitation and counselling to survivors of rape and child abuse, the state government said it had helped more than 2,000 women in the past one year.
On Thursday, the government said it had spent around Rs 27 crore between January 2014 and February 2015 to compensate and rehabilitate the survivors.
In an affidavit filed before a division bench headed by justice VM Kanade, the government submitted that a total of 1,206 cases of rape, 1,711 cases of sexual abuse of minors and eight cases of acid attack had been reported in the state till February this year.
Of these, 927 rape, 1,295 sexual abuse and six acid attack cases have been sanctioned by for aid under the scheme.
In Mumbai, aid for 15 cases of rape and 59 cases of sexual abuse had been sanctioned under the scheme during the same period.
Earlier, the court had directed the government to spell out its efforts towards publicising the Manodhairya scheme among survivors as well as the police and investigating authorities in cases of crimes against women.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Aarti Thakur, an IT professional and an acid attack survivor. Thakur had sought compensation of Rs4 lakh towards her medical expenses and corrective plastic surgery.
To Thakur’s relief, the state has scheduled her corrective surgery and will bear its expenses.
The state informed the high court that Thakur will undergo the surgery on May 19 this year.