Cabinet approves compensation scheme
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The state cabinet today approved the decision to provide compensation to women including rape victims, victims of acid attack, and trafficking.
The Central government had suggested that all states frame such schemes in accordance with the provisions of the newly created Section 357A of the CrPC. The section deals with compensation schemes for victims of crime and their dependents.
For death victims, the compensation range is Rs 2 lakh, while for loss of limb or part of a body and handicapped over 80 per cent, they will get compensation of Rs 50,000. Loss of any limb or part of the body resulting in handicap between 40 per cent to 80 per cent will get compensation of Rs 20,000. Loss of limb or part of the body resulting in handicap below 40 per cent will get compensation of Rs 10,000. Minor rape victims will get compensation of Rs 30,000 while an adult rape victim will get compensation of Rs 20,000. Loss or injury causing severe mental agony to women and child victims in case of human trafficking will be given Rs 10,000 while loss or injury to child victim will be given Rs 10,000.
Senior officials at the Writer's Buildings said "although the Centre has not fixed any deadline for framing the scheme, Bengal is the first to prepare the plan".
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