The state government Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that it has sanctioned compensation in 2,228 cases relating to women and child offences under the Manodhairya scheme till February 28. The scheme’s Government Resolution (GR) dated October 21, 2013, provides for financial aid, counselling, shelter, medical and legal aid to victims of rape, acid attack and child sexual offence.
According to the government’s affidavit, of 1,711 cases received under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, compensation was given in 1,295 cases by February 28. Similarly, while 1,206 rape cases were received, 927 cases have been sanctioned while in acid attack, eight cases were received and six cases have been sanctioned in the state.
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The maximum cases under POCSO and rape cases were received from Thane district while maximum acid attack cases were reported from Mumbai Upnagar district.
The court had earlier asked the state to file an affidavit on various issues relating to the scheme.“Under the scheme, Rs 5.10 crore was sanctioned for the year 2013-14 out of which Rs 5.04 crore was spent during the year. In 2014-15, Rs 35.10 crore was sanctioned out of which Rs 26.94 crore was spent,” the affidavit said.
The government affidavit also said that acid attack victim Aarti Thakur’s corrective plastic surgery would take place by May 19 and the government would bear all medical exprenses of the operation.