UT legal services authority gets ₹3 crore for compensating rape, acid attack victims
Rise in cases of sexual assault against minor victims in the city had led to demand.punjab Updated: Jul 12, 2018 15:00 IST
The UT state legal services authority (SLSA) was given a total of ₹3 crore grant-in-aid for the financial year 2018-19 recently for providing compensation to rape and acid attack survivors under the Victim Assistance Scheme 2012.
The grant comes in view of the Supreme Court’s directions in October last year after the SLSA in a status report expressed shortage of funds for providing compensation and rehabilitation to a 10-year-old rape survivor, who was impregnated by her uncles here. The case was being monitored by the apex court.
- Step 1: Trial court recommends compensation to victim
- Step 2: DLSA decides the compensation amount depending on merit forward to SLSA
- Step 3: SLSA disburses the amount to the victim or his/her dependents
Demand came amid rising number of cases
As per the data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there has been a rise in the number of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in Chandigarh over the past few years.
“Following up on the Supreme Court’s guidelines, we had demanded ₹3 crore. The demand for the amount, placed in the annual budget, was made keeping in mind the rise in the POCSO Act cases wherein compensation, rehabilitation and education are the most crucial for the minor rape victims,” said Chandigarh SLSA member secretary Mahavir Singh.
“This is the first time SLSA has received a considerable amount as earlier it used to manage with whatever finances it had,” Singh said.
Out of the total amount that the SLSA has received, it has already disbursed ₹8 lakh in this financial year so far.
Scheme gave relief to 132 victims in 5 years
Under the Victim Assistance Scheme, the Chandigarh district legal services authority (DLSA) has awarded a total of ₹2.54 crore as compensation to 132 victims under various categories in the past five years.The data available with the DLSA office says that out of the ₹2.54 crore, the maximum compensation, equalling ₹1.51 crore was given to minor rape survivors ever since the scheme was initiated.
The Chandigarh administration had framed the scheme to assist victims or his/her dependents, who have suffered loss or injury or both as a result of the crime and who require rehabilitation. The scheme is funded from the Consolidated Fund of India.
After DLSA awards the compensation, it is finally disbursed by the SLSA to victim or his/her dependents.
DLSA secretary-cum-chief judicial magistrate Amarinder Sharma said the authority has been empowered to examine cases and verify the contents of the claim with regard to loss or injury or both. These include cases of POCSO Act, rape, acid attack and even those of accident.
First Published: Jul 12, 2018 14:57 IST