JK Government has no rehab policy for acid attack, rape victims

In reply to the petition, the chief secretary had stated that there was no policy as of now about the rehabilitation of the victims, but the state does provide them compensation.

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 23 2017 12:35AM | Updated Date: Aug 23 2017 1:46AM
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The state government has no rehabilitation policy for the acid attack survivors and rape victims in Kashmir.

This had been brought to the notice of the State Human Rights Commission by chairman International Forum for Justice Ahsan Untoo through a petition he filed after a youth threw acid on a school teacher in January 2013. The teacher suffered burns on her face and arm.

In reply to the petition, the chief secretary had stated that there was no policy as of now about the rehabilitation of the victims, but the state does provide them compensation.

“The government of Jammu and Kashmir has notified a scheme for providing funds for the purpose of compensation to the victims or their dependents who have suffered loss or injury as a result of the crime and who required rehabilitation thereto,” the reply said.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Victim Compensation Scheme, 2013, an acid attack victim who has suffered serious burns is entitled to a compensation of up to Rs 3 lakh, while as victims with “partial burns” gets a compensation of Rs 2 lakh.

A rape victim is entitled to a compensation of up to Rs 2 lakh. A minor rape victim or a victim raped in police custody gets Rs 3 lakh.

The compensation that is awarded to the victims includes medical expenses to be incurred on treatment, a minimum sustenance amount required for rehabilitation and such incidental charges as funeral expenses.

An official in the Home department said on the condition of anonymity, “A proposal regarding the rehabilitation of the acid victims was in the pipeline some years ago, but then the file didn’t move. As of now the victims are only provided compensation that is too little to take care of the victim for two years.”

Untoo has also pleaded that easy availability of acid in the market should be checked and the law regarding acid attacks made stronger.