The Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday increased the compensation for rape survivors and acid victims from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh.

Last month, the National Legal Services Authority and the Centre had drawn up a relief policy for rape and acid attack victims offering minimum compensation amount of Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 7 lakh respectively and asked all the States to devise the compensation amount accordingly.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar approved the Victim Compensation (Amendment) Scheme, 2018, paving the way for enhancement in compensation to rape and acid attack victims.

“The scheme, proposed by the Law Department, was taken up in view of the directions issued by the Union Home Ministry following the Supreme Court’s judgment in February 2016 in this regard,” said Upendra Nath Pandey, Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Department. “According to the new scheme, the compensation amount has been increased from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh for the rape and acid attack victims,” he said. “The amount can be increased by 50% over and above Rs. 7 lakh if the victim is below the age of 14,” he added.

The amount can be increased by 50% over and above Rs. 7 lakh if the victim is below the age of 14

Upendra Nath Pandey

Special Secretary

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