The Supreme Court Thursday urged the Centre to formulate a national policy for providing adequate relief to rape survivors and said that setting up monetary funds should not only be “a lip service” to the cause.
“Different states have different schemes. There is no national plan as to how the rape victims are to be compensated. Setting up of the Nirbhaya Fund is not enough and it is just paying a lip service. The Union of India must ensure that adequate relief is being provided to the victims of sexual offences,” said a vacation bench of Justices P C Pant and D Y Chandrachud.
The bench also issued notice to the Centre, all states and Union Territories and sought details on implementation of Section 357(A) of the CrPC and the status of victim compensation schemes, along with the number of victims of rape who have been compensated.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae, pointed out the lack of uniformity in compensation schemes and said some of the states had not even notified this scheme. “Some states pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation while some pay as less as Rs 50,000 to survivors,” she added.