Goa’s scheme on paying compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victims of rape and sexual exploitation came under praise by the Supreme Court, asking all state governments and union territories to emulate it, stressing that there should be a “uniform scheme” of compensation, at least to the physically handicapped victims.
The Bench of Justices M Y Eqbal and Arun Mishra asked the states to consider for implementation the scheme framed by the state of Goa for the rape victim compensation while dismissing the petition of a rapist from Chhattisgarh sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for sexually exploiting a blind girl on the false promise of marrying her.
It also directed the Chhattisgarh Government to pay Rs 8,000 per month to the victim, who is now 37, “till her life time.” It said the blind woman has already suffered a lot since the day of the crime and deserves a special rehabilitation scheme.
“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 said.
It expressed shock over the variance of schemes in various states for compensating such victims as those in Maharashtra get nothing while Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh paying paltry Rs 50,000 while it is commendable Rs 10 lakh in Goa.