New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Jammu and Kashmir to provide compensation to the victims of rape and sexual exploitation taking into consideration the scheme framed by Goa.
While the J&K pays Rs 100000 as compensation for rape of minor or rape in police custody, the state of Goa provides ten times i-e Rs 10,00,000 to rape victims.
In fact, a bench of Justices M Y Eqbal and Arun Mishra directed all states and Union Territories to formulate a uniform scheme to provide compensation to the victims of rape and sexual exploitation taking into consideration the scheme framed by the State of Goa for rape victim compensation.
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. “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… “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 bench said.
The SC was hearing an appeal by a rape convict challenging a Chhattisgarh high court decision which had upheld the order of a trial court awarding him seven year jail for raping a 18-year-old blind and illiterate girl on the false promise of marriage.
Observing that being physically disadvantaged, the victim was already in a “socially disadvantaged position”, the court directed the state government to pay Rs 8,000 per month through her life time.