Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Victim Compensation: Rs. 8 lakh compensation paid to victim’s kin

Gauhati High Court Judge and Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) executive chairman Justice Songkhupchung Serto handed over Rs 8 lakh in cheque to the father of a victim as ‘Victim Compensation’ under National Legal Services Authority’s (NALSA) Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes, 2018 at Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench on Wednesday.
Gauhati High Court’s registrar Neiko Akami, NSLSA member secretary, Victo Sema, and NSLSA project officials were present on the occasion.
During the financial year 2021-2022, altogether 27 compensation applications were received through District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) and NSLSA and forwarded to the State Home Department for sanctioning final amount. While the compensation of 16 applicants from different DLSAs amounting to Rs 54 lakh had been sanctioned, 11 were still pending.
Applications received this year included cases of rape (POCSO Act), sexual assault and loss of life (POCSO Act) and loss of life (other crimes).
Victim compensations are rolled out under two schemes – Nagaland Victim Compensation Scheme, 2012 and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/other Crimes, 2018. Victim Compensation Scheme was introduced to give compensation to victims or dependents who have suffered loss or injury as a result of crime and who require rehabilitation. Applicants can submit applications before the legal services authorities and attach copies of FIRs, medical reports and judgment or recommendation, if the case had been disposed of.
After scrutiny, the compensation is awarded based on factors such as gravity of the offence, loss of livelihood, age (in case of death), monthly income, number of dependents and if the crime is an isolated incident or part of a series over a period of time.

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