About NALSA compensation scheme for women rape and sexual assault survivors

About NALSA compensation scheme for women rape and sexual assault survivors

  • NALSA had said that just 5 to 10% of rape and other types of sexual assault victims were getting compensation under the Nirbhaya and other such schemes.
  • As per the NALSA data out of 1,028 cases registered in 2017 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in the state, only 11 victims got compensated.
  • Considering the above statistics, it recommended acompensation scheme for women victims/ survivors of sexual assault/other crimes-2018.
  • As per the National Legal Services Authority’s compensation scheme for women victims/ survivors of sexual assault/other crimes-2018:
    • In case of loss of life NALSA scheme recommended minimum compensation Rs 5 lakh, upper limit Rs 10 lakh.
    • For gang rape minimum Rs5 lakh, upper limit Rs 10 lakh.
    • For rape minimum compensation Rs four lakh upper limit Rs seven lakh.
    • Similarly, in case of rape and unnatural sexual assault, the victim would get a minimum of Rs. 4 lakh and a maximum of Rs. 7 lakh as compensation.
    • Among other categories, if a victim suffers the loss of foetus, that is, by miscarriage as a result of assault or loss fertility, the NALSA scheme offers a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh.
    • A victim of acid attacks, in case of disfigurement of face, would get a minimum compensation of Rs. 7 lakh, while the upper limit would be Rs. 8 lakh.

 

About NALSA

  • National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) was constituted on 5th December, 1995.
  • It has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organize LokAdalats for amicable settlement of disputes.
  • In every State, State Legal Services Authority has been constituted to give effect to the policies and directions of the NALSA and to give free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the State.
  • In every District, District Legal Services Authority has been constituted to implement Legal Services Programmes in the District.
  • Vision of NALSA:
    • To promote an inclusive legal system in order to ensure fair and meaningful justice to the marginalized and disadvantaged sector.
  • Mission of NALSA:
    • To legally empower the marginalized and excluded groups of the society by providing effective legal representation, legal literacy and awareness and bridging the gap between the legally available benefits and the entitled beneficiaries.​
    • To strengthen the system of Lok Adalats and other Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms in order to provide for informal, quick, inexpensive and effective resolution of disputes and minimize the load of adjudication on the overburdened judiciary.
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