The National Commission for Women (NCW) had framed a Scheme in 1995 in the form of a legislation for compensation to and rehabilitation of victims of rape and sexual assault in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s direction in the case of Delhi Domestic Women’s Forum V/S Union of India in Writ Petition (CRL) No. 362/93. However, it was decided in 2005 that an administrative scheme would be prepared, which was done. Since then, the Scheme has undergone several rounds of discussion. After the national consultation held on 7th March, 2010, the Scheme was revised by the NCW in April, 2010.
The draft Scheme proposed by NCW in April, 2010 envisages financial assistance and rehabilitative services, on an application filed by the victim of rape, or by any person or organization on her behalf. The compensation amount can be enhanced looking into the special circumstances of the case and the needs of the affected women. There is also a proposal for setting up of Criminal Injuries Relief and Rehabilitation Boards at National, State and District levels for implementing the scheme.
This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
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