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  India   All India  16 Feb 2018  You value rape at Rs 6,500? Supreme Court asks MP govt

You value rape at Rs 6,500? Supreme Court asks MP govt

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Feb 16, 2018, 5:26 am IST
Updated : Feb 16, 2018, 5:26 am IST

The Nirbhaya Fund scheme was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case in Delhi.

Supreme Court of India (Photo: Asian Age)
 Supreme Court of India (Photo: Asian Age)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up all the states, particularly Madhya Pradesh, for not showing enough concern towards rape victims by specifying the amount of compensation payable to each rape victim under the Nirbhaya Fund.

Is rape worth Rs 6,500? That’s how a shocked Supreme Court asked the Madhya Pradesh government while questioning the state whether it was doing a “charity” by giving this meagre amount to the victims of sexual assaults.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta expressed anger as none of the states and Union Territories, except Sikkim, filed affidavits specifying the amount they received under the Nirbhaya Fund towards victim compensation and details of how much of that amount has disbursed to victims of sexual assault.

The Nirbhaya Fund scheme was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case in Delhi to support the initiatives of governments and the NGOs working for women’s safety.

Referring to Madhya Pradesh’s earlier affidavit, Justice Lokur said, “For Madhya Pradesh, the figures are fantastic. There are 1,951 rape victims in Madhya Pradesh and you are giving them Rs 6,000- Rs 6,500 each. Is that good, commendable? What is this? This is total insensitiveness. Are you doing a charity? How can you do so you value a rape at Rs 6,000- Rs 6,500.”

The bench observed “We had given a specific order on January 9 asking you to file affidavits. Are the states not interested in paying compensation? If you don’t file affidavit then there is the presumption that you are not interested in safety and protection of women.”

The court directed all the state governments and UTs to file an affidavit within four weeks indicating the amount received by them under the Nirbhaya Fund.

Tags: nirbhaya fund, supreme court, madhya pradesh government
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