Relief and Rehabilitation to Rape Victims

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.

(Release ID :63834)


One thought on “Relief and Rehabilitation to Rape Victims

  1. Rape has been made gender neutral is a welcome move and so is raising the age of consent to 16 .under the Prohibition of the child marriages act age of marriage is 18 for girls and 21for boys. it makes marriage of a minor girl or boy voidable and such marriages can be revoked with the time specified by the act. but the exception under the proposed criminal law amendment bill 2012 sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife,and the wife not being under eighteen years of age ,is not sexual assault .then what does the minor do does she revoke the marriage under the prohibition act? or use the DV act ? in that case what is the solution for marital rape? and why would she not fall within the category of a child?

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