SC seeks details on financial relief to sexual assault victims

SC seeks details on financial relief to sexual assault victims

Aqib Ahmad
Srinagar: The Supreme Court of India has sought details from Government of India regarding the amount disbursed to the victims of sexual assault.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of the Supreme Court directed the government to collect information from all the state governments, including Jammu and Kashmir, as well as union territories by July 4.
Court also directed the government to get information from all the governments regarding setting up of one stop-crisis centres. Government of India will also get information from each state and union territory as to whether any witness protection programme has been formulated and, if so, whether it is being operated, the court asked.
“Finally, the government (GoI) will also obtain information from each State/Union Territory whether taxi services (for example, Uber and Ola) are being regulated in any manner whatsoever,” the apex court said, adding that the court expects all state governments to cooperate with the GoI in providing the information within six weeks. The GoI has been asked to file the details on an affidavit after tabulating all the information. The PIL has been listed for further consideration on July 11.
The PIL has also called for setting up of a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board that will act as a mechanism for sexual assault victims to get “instantaneous and expeditious monetary relief”.
The petitioners has also urged the court to direct the secretary of the State Transport Authority to cancel the licence of persons violating the Motor Vehicles Act, especially in view of the rise in rapes, and to conduct immediate inquiry into the antecedents of such drivers and license holders.

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