NEW DELHI: Acid attack victims have not been paid compensation in 799 out of 1,273 cases across the country, the NCW said and demanded immediate attention of the states on the matter.
The issue was discussed in an e-meeting by the NCW with the nodal officers and representatives of the 24 states and Union Territories. The meeting was held to review and discuss the cases of acid attack registered on the website of the Commission’s Management Information System (MIS).
National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma expressed her concern over the non-payment of compensation to acid attack survivors. According to data till October 20, out of 1,273 cases of acid attack across the country compensation has been given to acid attack survivors in just 474 cases.
“The nodal officers were requested to uphold the laws and schemes that support survivors in cases of attacks, such as the NALSA’s Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/other Crimes, 2018. The scheme provides compensation ranging from INR 3 to 8 lakh depending on the severity of the case,” according to the commission’s monthly newsletter. Sharma also expressed her view that number of cases updated till date on the NCW’s MIS were not adequate.