Rehabilitation of Female Survivors of Violence

by Bidita Debnath on Mar 16 2015 11:53 PM

Rehabilitation of Female Survivors of Violence
Twenty-four states & seven UTs have formulated the Victim Compensation Scheme under provisions of Section 357A of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
The compensation part of the rehabilitation of victims of violence including rape is governed by provision of Section 357A of the Code of Criminal Procedure which states that every State Government, in co-ordination with the Central Government, should prepare a scheme for providing funds for the purpose of compensation to the survivors of crime including rape.

As per section 326 A of the IPC, apart from making punishment stringent, acid attack survivors can claim just and reasonable monetary assistance to meet medical expenses. The amendment also provides that all hospitals, public or private, have been mandated to provide free medical treatment to survivors of acid attack and rape.

The ministry is implementing Ujjawala, a comprehensive scheme for prevention of trafficking and rescue, rehabilitation, re-integration and repatriation of survivors of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. Under the Legal Service Authority Act 1987, all women are entitled to free legal aid.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), has introduced a centrally sponsored scheme for setting up One Stop Centre (in every State/UT). The scheme aims at facilitating/providing medical aid, police assistance, legal counseling/court case management, psycho-social counselling and temporary shelter to women affected by violence; implementation is expected during the remaining period of 12th Five Year Plan (2015-2016, 2016-2017).

The MWCD is also administering Swadhar and Short Stay Home Schemes for relief and rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances, including the survivors of rape.