Compensation for crime victims
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At least 235 people, comprising 52 males and 183 females, who are crime victims, have been compensated under the ‘Mizoram victims of the crime compensation scheme, 2011’.

According to records of the Mizoram State Legal Service Authority (MSLSA), compensation amounting to over Rs 5.98 crore was disbursed to crime victims or their kith and kin or dependents under the crime compensation scheme during 2012 to September 2019.

As per the record, at least 149 people, comprising 6 boys and 143 girls, were given compensation for being victims of crimes. The cases were registered under the POCSO Act.

Relatives of 33 murder victims were compensated.

The Tripura government has also provided compensation of Rs 36.40 lakh to 28 rape victims during the same period, the record said.

The number of crime victims was the highest in 2018.

During this year, the government disbursed crime compensation of Rs 3.32 crore to 103 victims.

In 2017, compensation amounting to Rs 1.53 crore was given to 54 victims and Rs 33.84 lakh to 43 victims in 2016.

Only one victim was compensated in 2012 when the scheme was implemented, 2 victims in 2013, 9 in 2014 and 12 victims in 2015.

The Mizoram victims of crime compensation scheme, 2011 was introduced in 2011 and has been implemented since 2012.

It has been amended at least four times.

Under this scheme, compensation ranging from Rs 50,000 to a minimum of Rs 3 lakh is given to the victims for several crimes, including acid attack, rape, and sexual abuse.

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