The central government will launch a scheme to compensate rape victims from August 1, an official statement said on Tuesday. “The scheme has been approved and the budget has been provided. Now it has been decided to launch the scheme (for rape victims) on Aug 1,” women and child development minister Krishna Tirath said.
The scheme will aim to provide restorative justice to rape victims through financial assistance as well as support services.
“While no amount of financial assistance can adequately compensate for the injury, both physical and emotional, faced by the rape victim, this scheme is an attempt to enable her to cope with the trauma and tide over her long-term needs,” a ministry official said.
The scheme provides an amount of Rs 200,000 for the victim which may be increased to Rs 300,000 in certain cases, like the rape of a minor or of a mentally or physically challenged woman.