Relief to SC/ST women victims set to be doubled

After the cabinet approved the policy to compensate the women victims of rape and molestation,the state Backward Class Department has drawn up a separate scheme to double the amount of compensation to women victims belonging to SC/ST community.

Written by Sulagna Sengupta | Kolkata | Published:September 11, 2012 3:29 am

After the cabinet approved the policy to compensate the women victims of rape and molestation,the state Backward Class Department has drawn up a separate scheme to double the amount of compensation to women victims belonging to SC/ST community.

At present,SC/ST women victims get one time compensation of Rs 25,000 if they are raped or molested. The department now wants to increase the compensation amount to Rs 50,000. While half of the compensation amount is paid after medical examination,the rest will be handed over to the victims at the conclusion of the trial.

Senior officials of the department said the money will be borne by the Centre and the state on a fifty-fifty basis. The state government has already sought about Rs 20 crore from the Centre for giving compensation to the SC/ST women victims.

As per the new proposal,women who are being insulted,intimated and humiliated will get compensation of around Rs 25,000 from Rs 15,000. In addition to these,in murder case of an SC /ST women,a non-earning member of the family will get Rs 1 lakh and the compensation amount will be arranged within three months of date of murder. Also,the dependents of the deceased,if any,will get Rs 1,000 per month and government employment to one member of the family. The government will also fund the full educational cost of the children whose mothers are victims of murder or rape.

Backward Class Minister Upen Biswas said the proposals are yet to be finalised. “On Monday,we convened a meeting and instructed the officials to update the figures of how many women have lodged complaints following atrocities against them,” Biswas said.

The proposal will be placed in the next cabinet meeting.

According to the latest data collected from the department,around 256 backward class women have complained of atrocities against under the Prevention of Atrocities Act,which includes physical torture,rape and murder,till May this year.

Officials of the department,however,added the decision to increase the compensation has been made keeping in mind the approaching panchayat elections.

Providing compensation not a solution:Congress

Kolkata: State Congress chief on Monday said compensating rape victims could not be a solution. “Government should instead strive to ensure exemplary punishment to act as a deterrent for the perpetrators of such crimes,” he said.

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