Monetary relief for rape victims soon
Nov 18, 2010
A week after the Union Cabinet gave its nod to a gender empowering legislation that will protect women from sexual harassment at the workplace, another landmark scheme — to provide financial aid to rape victims — could soon be a reality. Decks have been cleared to provide rape victims or their legal heirs with financial aid to ensure "restorative justice" in the form of legal and medical assistance, shelter, counselling and other support services.
The plan — mooted by the ministry of women and child development (WCD) — has been cleared by the expenditure finance committee and awaits a nod by the finance ministry. The proposal entails creation of a corpus of Rs 150 crore.
Under the scheme, victims will receive interim financial assistance of Rs 20,000 and restorative support services of up to Rs 50,000. The final assistance can be up to a maximum of Rs 1.30 lakh. While this relief can be accessed by a woman, minor girl or legal heirs of an affected woman, the aid can be as high as Rs 3 lakh in case of special circumstances. In certain special cases involving minor girls, mentally challenged or handicapped women, suffering from HIV/AIDS or STDs the amount can be higher.