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Centre And NALSA Announce Pan-India Compensations For Rape, Acid Attack Victims

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| May 11 , 2018 , 13:59 IST

In a significant move to help victims of sexual assault, rape or severe trauma such as acid attacks, the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in consultation with the Centre has drawn up a relief policy for the victims, based on the hardships suffered which would be applicable pan-India.

The comprehensive scheme released by NALSA lays out guidelines for minimum and maximum amount of relief for victims of rape and trauma cases, media reported on Friday.

The “compensation scheme for women victims/survivors of sexual assault/other crimes” has been prepared based on an order of the Supreme Court seeking 'model rules' to help women victims and their family members lacking resources to fight legal battles and move on.

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According to the scheme, a rape victim is entitled to compensation of between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, a gangrape victim would receive Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. If there is a loss of life, the family is entitled to compensation of between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh. For victims of unnatural sexual assault, the compensation is Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh; in case of pregnancy as a result of the rape the compensation is Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. If a pregnant woman suffers miscarriage due to assault, the she is entitled to compensation of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.

In cases of disfigurement due to acid attack/burning, the victim would receive compensation of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 8 lakh, and if the victim sustains more than 50 percent injury, the victim would receive between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.

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In any instance, if the victim is a minor, the compensation would be 50 percent higher than the prescribed figures.

If a women victim is covered under multiple categories of the scheme, she would be entitled to the total cumulative value of the compensation.

Currently, different state governments award different amounts of compensation to rape survivors, ranging from Rs 10,000 in Odisha to Rs 10 lakh in Goa.

“Victims in different states cannot be compensated differently. It makes no difference where the victim has been raped. The amount of compensation must be the same across the country,” the Supreme Court bench said.