In­crease com­pen­sa­tion to ` 10L: HC to state

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The Bom­bay high court on Wed­nes­day said the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment should en­hance the amount of com­pen­sa­tion payable to acid at­tack and rape vic­tims from the present limit of Rs3 lakh to Rs10 lakh.

“The state gov­ern­ment should pay a sum of Rs10 lakh, as is be­ing done in Goa,” said the divi­sion bench of Chief Jus­tice Man­jula Chel­lur and jus­tice Girish Kulka­rni while hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by a 14-year-old rape sur­vivor from the city, com­plain­ing about non-pay­ment of com­pen­sa­tion to her un­der the state’s Man­od­hairya Scheme.

The com­ment came af­ter pe­ti­tioner’s coun­sel, ad­vo­cate Dnyanada Ma­ha­jan, said the Goa gov­ern­ment was pay­ing max­i­mum com­pen­sa­tion of Rs10 lakh to rape sur­vivors un­der a sim­i­lar scheme, whereas in Ma­ha­rash­tra it is lim­ited to Rs3 lakh.

The bench was dis­pleased to note that the Dis­trict Crim­i­nal In­juries Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Board had sanc­tioned a sum of only Rs2 lakh for the 14-year-old.

The judges were irked af­ter as­sis­tant gov­ern­ment pleader Re­beca Gon­salves said the amount of com­pen­sa­tion has been fixed by the board in ac­cor­dance with the guide­lines laid down by the gov­ern­ment. She said the amount of Rs2 lakh and not a max­i­mum amount of Rs3 lakh was fixed be­cause the case did not in­volve an ag­gra­vated form of rape.

“What do you mean by ag­gra­vated form of rape,” the chief jus­tice sought to know, adding, “Do you want the vic­tims to be killed or their legs to be cut.”

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