Increase compensation to ` 10L: HC to state
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.”