Panaji: janauary, 2, 2017 …. Government of India has been taken the issue of acid attack on a priority basis and several steps have been taken to prevent the incidents of acid attacks and provide treatment and compensation to the victims. The IPC has been amended to include specific provisions on acid attack as an offence.
To give immediate temporary relief to the victim, it has been decided to provide additional financial assistance of Rs. 1.00 lakh (over and above the amount provided under the Victim Compensation Scheme) to the victims of acid attacks. The eligibility criteria for the additional compensation will remain as earlier. This additional Rs. 1.00 lakh will be provided under the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)
The Supreme Court has also issued a series of directions to take proactive measures, on regulation of sale of acids, providing free treatment to the acid attack victims and disbursing compensation to the tune of at least Rs. 3.00 lakh to the acid attack victim and Ministry of home affairs (MHA) has issued directions for minimum compensation of Rs. 3.00 lakh to be provided to acid attack victims under Victim Compensation Scheme.
Accordingly the MHA has issued guidelines for the “Central Government Victim Compensation Fund Scheme” (CVCF) to help women victims for various crimes committed against them.
For providing additional assistance, the District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner of the concerned District will have to send a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs. On receipt of the report from Ministry of Home Affairs, the compensation will be paid to the bank account directly within 05 working days.
Shri S.K. Bhalla, Director (CS-I), CS Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi has been nominated as Nodal Officer in the matter.