The Tripura government recently revised the compensation and benefits to women who have faced crimes such as rape, acid attacks, molestation etc in the state. The government said that crimes against women had increased during the previous Left Front government. The move is in line with the Centre’s 2016 policy that aims to deliver justice and compensation to the victims and survivors.
Law minister Ratan Lal Nath said, “Crimes against women had increased then (during the Left Front regime). The crime graph has now come down. We want to lower it further and deliver justice to victims. The cabinet has taken a few decisions for the benefit of tortured women, rape survivors and other victims”, as reported by The Telegraph.
Central Victim Compensation Fund
Under the 2016 policy, a Central Victim Compensation Fund was set up. This fund has already released Rs. 1.15 crore to the state. This amount has to be used to revise the compensation and benefits to women survivors. The state government will also look into petitions from survivors of previous attacks. They are yet to decide upon how these previous women survivors will use up the revised benefits.
Revised Compensation Base
For rape survivors, the Tripura cabinet has increased the compensation from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. Survivors of molestation and other cases of assault that do not include rape will get Rs 50,000. In the Left government, there was no such provision.
Trafficking victims will be compensated at Rs 1 lakh, as compared to Rs 20,000 assigned earlier. In case of death of any girl or woman because of attacks, including sexual assaults, her family will get Rs 2 lakh. Earlier, this amount was restricted to Rs 1 lakh. The compensation for acid attack survivors remains unchanged at Rs 3 lakh.
The Telegraph reported, “The revised list of compensations also grants Rs 2 lakh to victims of burn injuries, except acid attacks, Rs 50,000 to those who lose their foetus while surviving assaults and Rs 1.5 lakh to women who lose their fertility because of attacks on them. Additionally, any girl below 14 years, who is a victim of a crime, will get an additional 50 per cent compensation over the announced benefits.”
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