The Bombay High Court Thursday said there was “no application of mind” behind the modification of the state-run Manodhairya scheme, brought about to secure “retributive justice” for victims of sexual assault and acid attack. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar set up a three-member committee, comprising two judges of the High Court and principal secretary of state’s Women and Child Welfare Department, to hear stakeholders and come up with a model and comprehensive policy.
The court order came on a bunch of public interest litigations challenging the modifications made to the scheme in August. It provides for financial assistance as well as psychological counselling to women and child victims.
“We don’t think the state government has applied its mind before modifying the scheme. There seems to be no rationale. Such a scheme should have purpose and should be appreciative,” the Chief Justice Chellur. “We direct for a committee to be set up ….”