The state govt. of Tamil Nadu has notified the Victim Compensation Scheme 2018 for women victims / survivors of sexual assault / other crimes. This scheme will follow the lines of Supreme Court (SC) judgment delivered last month. A bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur had approved this suggestion for compensation while hearing the Nipun Saxena Vs Union of India case and had given directions that the guidelines to be made operational.
TN Victim Compensation scheme 2018 would cover offences registered under Sections 326A (acid attack), 354A to 354D (sexual harassment), 376A to 376E (sexual intercourse with wife during separation and allied offences), 304B (dowry death) and 498A (cruelty to wife) of the Indian Penal Code.
The TNSLSA / DLSA can start preliminary verification of facts to grant of interim compensation amount to the victims and their dependants.
Tamil Nadu Victim Compensation Scheme 2018
As per the notified Victim Compensation Scheme, the following amount would be given to the victims:-
- Each rape survivor will get a minimum compensation amount equals to Rs. 4 lakh. In case the rape victim women has lost her life, maximum compensation amount to the dependent of rape victim could be Rs. 7 lakh.
- Each survivor of gang rape would receive compensation amount of Rs. 5 lakh. The maximum compensation amount that could be granted in case of loss of life as well as gang rape could be Rs. 10 lakh.
TN Victim Compensation scheme will provide funds for the purpose of compensation to women victims and their dependents who have suffered loss or injury as result of offence committed and who requires rehabilitation. To decide the amount of compensation to women survivor or dependents, Section 357-B of CRPC would be taken into account. Any survivors and their dependents can apply for compensation before the Tamil Nadu Legal Services Authority (TNSLSA) or the respective District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) along with the police FIR.
To determine the compensation, various issues like gravity of offence, severity of mental / physical harm or injury suffered, expenditure incurred for medical treatment, loss of educational and employment opportunity as a result of offence would be taken into account.
Various other issues such as consideration of whether the abuse was a single isolated incident or took place over a period of time and women became pregnant will be taken into account. In case of a minor victim, 80% of the compensation amount would be deposited directly into a fixed deposit account and shall be drawn only on attainment of majority age of majority of the survivor.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/govt-notifies-compensation-for-sexual-abuse-victims/article25222929.ece