Frame national policy for relief to rape victims: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to frame a uniform national policy to financially compensate...

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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to frame a uniform national policy to financially compensate rape victims, while terming the Nirbhaya Fund a mere “lip service”.

A Vacation Bench led by Justice P.C. Pant said there was too much dichotomy and contradiction among States regarding compensation schemes for rape survivors. The Bench issued notice to the Centre, States and UTs on the question of effective implementation of Section 357 A of the Cr.PC. This provision mandates States to co-ordinate with the Centre to prepare a scheme for providing funds to compensate and rehabilitate victims or dependents. “Setting up of Nirbhaya Fund is not enough… The Union of India must ensure that adequate relief is being provided to the victims of sexual offences,” the Bench observed orally.

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