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Lack of awareness hits victim compensatory scheme

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2013 19:14 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times
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The compensation scheme for crime victims, notified in December 2011, failed to deliver its purpose as it is yet to get any application for compensation due to lack of awareness among victims of various crime incidents such as rape, road accident, murder and others.

Sources said the legal service authorities of Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts have not received any application under this scheme known as Victim Compensation Scheme 2011. The scheme offers ex-gratia grant of R20,000 to R1-lakh to crime victims under 357 A of CRPC Act in which, anyone who has become a victim of any violent crime, can approach district legal service authority for compensatory grant.

In Jalandhar, a committee of three members comprising district and session judge JS Kular, chief judicial magistrate Tejinderbir Singh and a social worker Parminder Berri has been enforced to decide over the compensation amount.

"Due to lack of awareness among victims or their dependents about this scheme that legal service authorities in both districts have not received any application. JS Kular will decide the compensation amount to be paid for the loss or injury suffered by the victim," Tejinderbir Singh told HT.

He added that Section 357 (A) (Victim Compensation Scheme) of CRPC Act enables legal services authorities to recommend payment of compensation to victims.

Tejinderbir said compensation of R1-lakh will be awarded for a case of loss of life, R40,000 for incident of loss of any limb or part of body, R30,000 for rape victim and R20,000 will be granted for those who have suffered mental agony in case of human trafficking.

"Only those who have not received any compensation from government or insurance company for the loss or injury, those whose loss or injury have substantially affected their family income, where accused have not been traced or indentified, will be compensated," said Tejinderbir.

"We are planning to place informatory boards at various sites such as bus stand, civil hospitals and other places in order to raise awareness among people," Tejinderbir signed off.

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Loss of Life- R1-lakh

Loss of limb or any part of body-R40,000

Rape- R30,000

Mental agony due to human trafficking- R20,000