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HC asks AAP govt to disburse Rs 15 cr to victim compensation fund

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Unhappy over the not releasing money for the victim compensation fund, as was ordered by it three months ago, the High today directed it to disburse Rs 15 crore by August 17. A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and S P Garg also directed the Principal Secretary, of the to be present before it on August 17, the next date of hearing in the matter, if the money was not disbursed. The had, on May 4, directed the (AAP) to disburse Rs 10 crore within seven days for granting interim compensation to victims of sexual offences. However, the State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA), represented by advocate Sumer Sethi, told the bench that no amount had been received from the It also told the that the requirement of funds to grant interim compensation had gone up to Rs 15 crore as it had processed over 500 applications of victims. The told the that meetings were held and the proposal to replenish the victim compensation fund had also been processed, but the department was yet to take a decision on it. It, however, added that the decision to disburse Rs 10 crore, as was ordered by the earlier, would be taken today. The victim compensation fund was created in the aftermath of the gruesome December 16, 2012 gangrape case in the national capital. The bench noted that the DSLSA now needed Rs 15 crore and said, "Given this development, the of National Capital Territory of shall take immediate action to disburse the funds required by the DSLSA before the next date of hearing, failing which the Principal Secretary, would be present in on the next date." During the hearing, amicus curiae (an impartial adviser to a of law in a particular case) Meera Bhatia and Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal told the that there was no money for giving compensation to the victims of crimes against women, including rape. The was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) initiated by it after the December 16, 2012 gangrape. The has been giving directions in the matter from time to time with regard to improving investigation of crimes and protection of women in the national capital.

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First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 18:57 IST