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SC raps Madhya Pradesh govt: You value a rape at Rs 6,500. Are you doing charity?

Despite getting the maximum amount of allocation under the Nirbhaya Fund, Madhya Pradesh had only spent around Rs one crore on 1,951 rape victims.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 15, 2018 5:05 pm
delhi, delhi unsafe, delhi rape, rape in delhi, delhi high court, snake and ladder, delhi crime, cctv Despite getting the maximum amount of allocation under the Nirbhaya Fund, Madhya Pradesh had only spent around Rs one crore on 1,951 rape victims.

“You value a rape at Rs 6,500?” That was how a bench of Supreme Court justices reacted while reviewing an affidavit filed by the Madhya Pradesh government on utilisation of funds from the Nirbhaya scheme.

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta took the government to task and asked whether it was doing “charity” by paying a meagre amount to rape victims.

“According to you (Madhya Pradesh) and your affidavit, on an average, you are paying Rs 6,000 to a rape victim. Are you doing a charity? How can you do so. … You value a rape at Rs 6,500?”

“For Madhya Pradesh, the figures are fantastic. There are 1,951 rape victims in Madhya Pradesh and you are giving them Rs 6,000-Rs 6,500 each. Is that good, commendable? What is this,” the bench asked, adding, “this is total insensitiveness”.

Despite getting the maximum amount of allocation under the Nirbhaya Fund, Madhya Pradesh had only spent around Rs one crore on 1,951 rape victims.

The Nirbhaya Fund was set up by the Centre in 2013 after the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case in Delhi.

In January, the apex court directed all states and union territories to submit an affidavit on the amount received by them under the Nirbhaya scheme and the amount disbursed to victims of sexual assault. As many as 24 states and UTs are yet to file their affidavits, PTI reported.

During the hearing, when Haryana’s counsel said they would file their affidavit, the bench observed, “If you have not filed affidavit, it is a very clear indication of what you feel for safety of women in your state”.

“You take your time and tell the women in your state that you do not care for them,” the bench said while observing that 24 states and UTs have not yet filed their affidavit as per the court’s direction.

When the counsel representing one of the petitioners told the bench that they have so far received only one affidavit filed on behalf of Sikkim, the bench asked, “is this becoming a joke? If you are not interested in this case, tell us. On what basis you are saying that only one state has filed affidavit. You do not even see the office report?”.

The counsel for Meghalaya told the bench that they have disbursed around Rs 30.55 lakh to 48 victims of sexual assault.

with PTI inputs

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  1. Ramalingan Narayanan
    Feb 16, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    Bolbachan Shivraj Singh Chouhan is next to Modiji who says something and does nothing .This is the practice of BJP sarkar .Apki bar modii sarkar ke bajay it should say asay something and do nothing sarkar of BJP
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      Sri
      Feb 16, 2018 at 2:01 am
      These Supreme Court judges are a B-team for the opposition. Every day they pick and choose cases that will have political influence and ignore much more important cases pertaining to interpretation of badly written laws, of which there are plenty. These guys are so unaccountable that they will select the son of a sitting SC judge KK Matthew and sideline other judges for that post, and then refuse to listen to the elected representatives when their corruption in judge selection in the so-called "Judicial Accountability Council" is called out. Just who do these SC judges think they are to operate from the outside cons utional boundaries, unanswerable to no one but themselves? India is truly a banana republic if a handful of corrupt moronic individuals in the supreme court can override all other democratically elected ins utions in the country.
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        Sri
        Feb 16, 2018 at 1:56 am
        Dei Supreme Court a.s.s.holes, governments have been handing out cash for every life lost due to their incompetence and negligence for decades -- die in a train crash, 2 lakhs. Die in a govt. bus 1 lakh...and it is only now that you find this practise atrocious and that too for a rape. Do you cre.tins have any brains? Just putting on a judge's robe and having everyone call you lordship means nothing if you behave like a bunch of morons day after day. I hereby hold all you Supreme Court judges in utter contempt. Thoo.
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        1. gopal vaidya
          Feb 15, 2018 at 10:42 pm
          Judges talk like politicians. Why don't they run for elections, instead of politicking, hectoring and lecturing from the bench.
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          1. blackpower 666
            Feb 15, 2018 at 10:52 pm
            typical fascist reaction that also betrays your blkhead mindset. the money is with the MP govt and they are holding on to it? shades of vyapam singh chauhan?
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              Sri
              Feb 16, 2018 at 2:04 am
              blah..blah "fascist" blah..blah hindutwadi blah..blah brahmin snake blah..blah blah..blah Proving yet again that Blackpower is the evil spawn of an AI program and a of wood.
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              Sri
              Feb 16, 2018 at 2:02 am
              These judges are appa ly only answerable to god, and not to the elected representatives of the people. It is their will to choose what to pass judgement on, and what policy to set forth, even though that is not in their description. Far easier route to power without any responsibility or accountability.
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                Sri
                Feb 16, 2018 at 2:04 am
                blah..blah "fascist" blah..blah hindutwadi blah..blah brahmin snake blah..blah blah..blah Proving yet again that Blackpower is the evil spawn of an AI program and a of wood.
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              truth
              Feb 15, 2018 at 10:07 pm
              Examples from Early Islamic History During the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, a rapist was punished based on only the testimony of the victim. Wa'il ibn Hujr reported that a woman publicly identified a man who had raped her. The people caught the man and brought him to the Prophet Muhammad. He told the woman to go, that she was not to be blamed, and ordered that the man be put to death. In another case, a woman brought her infant to the mosque and publicly spoke about the rape that had resulted in her pregnancy. When confronted, the accused admitted the crime to the Caliph Umar who ordered his punishment. The woman was not punished.
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