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Maharashtra Govt mulls financial aid for rape, acid attack victims

PTI Mumbai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on December 19, 2012

Taking serious cognisance of rising cases of rape and acid attacks, the Maharashtra Government is planning to bear their expenses for medical and legal aid, counselling and rehabilitation.

Under the ‘Peedit Mahila Navjeevan Yojana’, the Government plans to provide a financial assistance of Rs two lakh to the victims to fight their case to seek justice and also rehabilitation. The Women and Child Welfare Department has prepared the proposal for approval by the Cabinet.

As soon as the case of attack is reported, Rs 20,000 financial aid would be provided. For legal and medical aid, Rs 50,000 would be given. Later, for the victim’s rehabilitation Rs 1.3 lakh would be provided, the department officials told PTI.

“The entire amount will be deposited in the victim’s bank account in a phased manner,” sources said.

The proposal prepared by the department has been forwarded to the Finance Ministry for approval. “It is expected to be taken up for discussion in the next Cabinet meeting,” the sources said.

For disbursal of the funds, a board will be set up in all districts which will be headed by the collector. Similarly, a state rehabilitation board will be set up headed by the women and child welfare secretary as its chairperson to monitor the scheme.

In 2011, 1,701 cases of rape and acid attacks were reported in the state, while in 2012 till September, 1,415 such cases have come to light, they said.

“For domestic violence and abuse victims, there are government welfare schemes. But this kind of violence demoralise women. Efforts are needed to instil confidence in them,” the sources added.

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Published on December 19, 2012
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