The Ambala District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) has started a scheme for giving financial help to families of those killed in criminal cases.
Ambala district and sessions judge Harnam Singh Thakur, who is also the DLSA chairman, said in a press note issued here on Wednesday that the authority had recently helped three families by providing them financial aid from its own pocket.
He said that in a murder case dating to November 3, 2012, the authority had recently provided Rs 1 lakh to the mother of the deceased, Janak Raj, who was a resident of Ambala city.
He said that in another murder case, 'State versus Jaswinder' that was registered at Mahesh Nagar, Ambala Cantoment, on February 1, 2011, the father of the deceased was provided financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh.
In another murder case, 'State versus Gulshan' that was registered at Ambala city police station on March 3, 2011, the mother of the deceased was provided financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh as compensation.
Thakur said that under the scheme, if anybody was murdered or was handicapped in a brawl, the DLSA provided financial assistance as compensation to the dependents and this extended to victims of crime against women.
He said that in case of rape, the victims would be given a compensation of Rs 3 lakh. He clarified that the compensation was not linked with whether the culprit was punished or not.