The Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to increase the compensation to the rape survivors up to Rs 5 lakh to 7 lakh.
The Cabinet on Thursday approved amendment of the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme 2011 and enhanced existing amounts of compensations provided under the scheme. Earlier, the compensation amount provided to rape survivor was Rs 50,000.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the charge of Finance, in his Budget Speech on March 12, last had proposed to increase the compensation, amounts for rape victims as suggested by the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS).
In case of rape and death, the compensation will be Rs 7 lakhs. Further, if the victim is less than 14 years of age, the compensation will be increased by 50% over the amounts specified, said a statement issued by CMO.
In similar lines, compensation for loss or injury causing severe mental agony to women and child victims has been enhanced from Rs 10000 to Rs 50000. The amount for rehabilitation of a victim of human trafficking has been enhanced from Rs 20000 to Rs 1 lakh, the statement added.
Compensations for sexual abuse (excluding rape) has been fixed at Rs 50000, physical abuse of minor at Rs 2 lakh, burns affecting more than 25% of the body at Rs 2 lakh and loss of foetus due to physical abuse at Rs 50000.
Compensation to victims of acid attack has been enhanced to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 1 lakh, for permanent disability Rs 2 lakh from 50000, for partial disability Rs 1 lakh (from Rs 20000) and for loss of limb or any body part Rs 50000 (from Rs 10000).
As families of victims of unnatural death in prison, police/judicial custody are also eligible for compensation, the same has been enhanced from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) told the Supreme Court that out of 901 cases lodged last year, only one victim has received compensation.