The District Criminal Injuries and Rehabilitation Board, which is responsible for the implementation of Manodhairya Yojana for victims of crimes such as rape, child sex abuse and acid attacks, has allocated a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for a minor rape victim.
In a meeting chaired by by District Collector Vikas Deshmukh, the board approved the compensation for the victim as also outlined measure for her rehabilitation. The is the first case where the board has granted compensation under the yojana.
The four-year-old victim was allegedly raped by a 40-year-old man near PMC headquarters on October 23.
Deshmukh said the board decides on a case once an FIR is filed. The board is planning to set up a trauma team, which would include members of NGOs, for counselling. Only those cases filed after October 2 would be granted compensation that ranges from Rs 2 lakh to Rs.3 lakh, depending upon the crime, he added.
The highest compensation would be given to people who suffer from complete disfigurement of face or are victims of an acid attack. Such victims will be given a compensation of Rs 3 lakh, while those with minor injuries will get Rs 50,000.
The scheme has a provision of up to Rs 50,000 for emergency expenses in case of any attack. Under the scheme, the government will also provide support services such as counseling, medical aid and legal aid.
In some cases, victims would be offered vocational training to help them become financially independent. The scheme will be implemented across the state with the help of a district level relief and rehabilitation board under the supervision of district collector.
The scheme will also follow the amendment made to the Code of Criminal Procedure in 2009 which stipulates the state governments to compensate victims. Earlier, the convict would be directed to compensate the victim, which most of the time would not come through.
The concerns raised by activists over the gangrape of a
photojournalist in Mumbai prompted the state government to approve the scheme.