New sexual offence victims scheme starting Oct 2 to compensate refugees, foreigners, minors

Starting October 2, a woman, who has been sexually assaulted, will be entitled to Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh as compensation, while victims of gangrape are entitled to Rs 10 lakh. In case of disfigurement of the face in acid attacks, the victims will get a minimum compensation of Rs 7 lakh.
The new compensation norms come into force a year after the Supreme Court judgment in the Nipun Saxena vs Union of India case, in which the apex court had asked the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to formulate a scheme for compensating the women victims and survivors of sexual assault/other offences. The scheme was meant to prescribe uniform compensation across all states in India.
Significantly, the scheme has extended the compensation to refugees and foreigners, on one hand, and to minors, i.e victims/survivors of sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act 2012, on the other. Under POSCO, the word woman is gender neutral.
As per the Supreme Court order dated September 5, 2018, the scheme would function as guidelines for special courts (under POCSO Act) to award compensation to victims of sexual abuses until rules are formalised by the Central government. In its order dated October 12, 2017, the Supreme Court had asked NALSA to form a panel to draft model rules for victim compensation in sexual offences and acid attack.

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