SC/ST Vic­tims to Get Big­ger Re­lief, Of­fences List Dou­bled

Cen­tre spec­i­fies as many as 47 cat­e­gories of of­fences in which states will pay com­pen­sa­tion rang­ing from 1 lakh to 8.25 lakh to SC/ST vic­tims

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: An SC/ST vic­tim of gang rape, mur­der or an acid at­tack will now get a min­i­mum com­pen­sa­tion of ₹ 8.5 lakh from a state govern­ment, in what is an sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ment of re­lief for such crimes through an amend­ment to the rules by Cen­tre. The Cen­tre has amended the Sched­uled Castes and the Sched­uled Tribes (Pre­ven­tion of Atroc­i­ties) Rules, 1995 through a no­ti­fi­ca­tion on April14,nowspec­i­fyin­gas­man­yas47 cat­e­goriesof of­fencesin­which­states will pay com­pen­sa­tion rang­ing from ₹ 1lakhto ₹ 8.25lakhtoSC/STvic­tims. The rules last amended in 2011 had pro­vi­sions­foron­ly22kind­sof of­fences with min­i­mum com­pen­sa­tion rang­ing from ₹ 60,000 to ₹ 5Lakh. Theen­hancedamountsnow­mustbe paid by the state within 7 days of the in­ci­dent be­ing re­ported, ei­ther in full or at var­i­ous stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and trial, as per a sched­ule. Distric­tMag­is­trate­shave­beenau­tho­rised to im­me­di­ately with­draw money from state trea­suries for the same and courts em­pow­ered to also or­der so­cioe­co­nomic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The Po­lice will now have to file a charge sheet in cas­esof SC/STvic­tim­swith­in60­days and any de­lay has to be ex­plained in writ­ing by the of­fi­cers.

Any­in­ci­dentof in­ten­tion­al­ly­touch­ing an SC/ST woman with­out her con­sent,stalk­ing,sex­u­al­ha­rass­ment or­sex­u­alas­saultwill­nowl­ead­to­com­pen­sa­tion of ₹ 2lakh. A rape vic­tim would get ₹ 5 lakh while a vic­tim of gang rape or a acid at­tack dam­ag­ing her face would get ₹ 8.5 lakh. Ear­lier, out­rag­ing­mod­esty­or­sex­u­al­ex­ploita­tion of a SC/ST woman got her only ₹ 1.2 lakh re­lief. Any crime against SC/STin­volv­ing­pun­ish­mentof over 10 years, had re­lief of ₹ 50,000 while com­pen­sa­tion­was ₹ 5lakhfor­mur­der.

The new rules have also de­tailed many of­fences which were ear­lier in a gen­eral cat­e­gory such as a “deroga- tory act” and “in­sult, in­tim­i­da­tion and­hu­mil­i­a­tion”an­don­ly­go­tamin­i­mum of ₹ 60,000 as com­pen­sa­tion. New cat­e­gories as in the ex­ist­ing SC/ STAc­thavenow­been­spec­i­fiedinthe rules like - abus­ing by caste name in any­place­with­in­pub­licview,pro­mot­ingded­i­ca­tionof aSC/ST­wom­anasa de­vadasi and Gar­land­ing with footwear or parad­ing naked or semi-naked - with a re­lief of ₹ 1 Lakh.

Un­der the new rules, Pre­ven­tion from vot­ing or fil­ing nom­i­na­tions or any poll-re­lated vi­o­lence or boy­cott dur­ing vot­ing of SC/ST per­sons would now lead to a com­pen­sa­tion of at least ₹ 85,000 to each vic­tim. Any vic­tim­i­sa­tion of a SC/ST per­son at hands of a pub­lic ser­vant would meana­com­pen­sa­tionof ₹ 2lakhwhile any so­cial or eco­nomic boy­cott of a Dalit per­son would lead to a re­lief of ₹ 1 lakh for the vic­tim. Deny­ing a SC/ ST per­son en­try to an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion, hospi­tal or any pub­lic place would lead to im­me­di­ate restora­tion of theright­plusacom­pen­sa­tionof ₹ 1 lakh - a new pro­vi­sion.

The­newrules,no­ti­fiedonApril14as SCs and the STs (Pre­ven­tion of Atroc­i­ties) Amend­ment Rules, 2016, have come into force im­me­di­ately. The Modi Govern­ment had brought the new Sched­uled Castes and the Sched­uled Tribes (Pre­ven­tion of Atroc­i­ties) Amend­ment Act, 2015 which was ap­pli­ca­ble from this Jan­uary 26 to en­sure more strin­gent pro­vi­sions for pre­ven­tion of Atroc­i­ties against Sched­uled Castes and the Sched­uled Tribe. The new rules now en­forces this Act.

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