SC nod for compensation scheme for sexual assault, acid attack victims

NEW DELHI: A victim of gangrape in any part of the country would now get a minimum compensation of Rs five lakh up to a maximum of Rs 10 lakh.

This is part of a scheme proposed by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) on compensating the victims of sexual assaults and acid attacks, which was approved today by the Supreme Court, which directed that it would be applicable across the country.

As per the ‘Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018’, in case of rape and unnatural sexual assault, the victim would get a minimum of Rs four lakh and maximum of Rs seven lakh as compensation.

While approving the scheme, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said it would be applicable pan-India and the states and union territories would be free to give compensation over and above what was stipulated in the scheme. (AGENCIES)