Maharashtra scheme for acid attack, rape victims

Maharashtra scheme for acid attack, rape victims

A debate on gender-based violence and child abuse has finally stirred authorities with the Maharashtra government announcing the launch of a scheme envisaging financial, medical, psychological and ancillary aid to survivors and victims of sexual assaults and acid attacks.

In a press meet held here, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said that “Manodhairya Scheme”, to be launched on October 2 or Gandhi Jayanti, will provide financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to women and children who have been sexually assaulted; in severe cases the amount will be increased to Rs 3 lakh.

“In the case of acid attacks and those who are inflicted with permanent or acute disfigurement, the state will spend between Rs 50,000 and Rs 3 lakh for treatment,” Chavan said. Apart from financial aid, the government has also decided to provide accommodation, psychological counselling, legal help, educational and vocational training to the families of survivors or victims.

“The help will not be just a one-time aid. As per the scheme, the authorities will be entrusted to ensure that immediate travelling and medical aid is provided along with other related requirements. Thereafter psychological counselling of the mentally-shattered survivor or victim's family members would be taken up at top priority,” Chavan stated.

Last month a photojournalist was gang-raped by five people in the Shakti mills compound, an abandoned land in central Mumbai.
DH News Service

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