In a move to help rape survivors, the Supreme Court has directed all state and union territories to provide uniform compensation to the victims of rape and sexual exploitation.
A bench comprising Justices MY Eqbal and Arun Mishra asked to take into consideration Goa’s example which provides compensation of up to Rs 10 lakh, reported PTI. “It is clear that no uniform practice is being followed in providing compensation to the rape victim for the offence and for her rehabilitation. This practice of giving different amounts ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 10,00,000 as compensation for the offence of rape under section 357 A needs to be introspected by all the States and the Union Territories…,” it said.
The decision came after hearing an appeal by a rape convict which challenged Chattisgarh High Court’s seven-year jail term for sexually exploiting a visually challenged girl on the pretext of marriage. The apex court dismissed the plea and ordered the Chattisgarh government to give Rs 8,000 per month to the victim for rest of her life.
The bench observed:
“Indisputably, no amount of money can restore the dignity and confidence that the accused took away from the victim. No amount of money can erase the trauma and grief the victim suffers. This aid can be crucial with aftermath of crime.”
The court has asked all states and union territories to make all endeavour to formulate a uniform scheme.
It said, “The authorities should look into Victim Compensation Scheme under Section 357-A of CrPC for providing compensation to the victim or dependents who have suffered loss as a result of such crime.”