More than 1,200 cases related to crimes against women, including rape, dowry deaths, and trafficking, are pending at various courts in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar district, officials said today. The 1,271 cases include 69 of rape, 209 of kidnapping, 140 of dowry deaths, 428 of molestation, and 11 cases of trafficking, said Virendra Vikram Singh, joint director, Prosecution department. He added that 411 cases under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and three under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act are also pending in various courts. Only three rape victims have been provided Rs seven lakh each, and Rs three lakh each were given in five dowry-death cases and to one accident victim under the UP government's Rani Laxmi Bai Mahila Samman Kosh scheme, said Jitendra Maurya, legal-cum-probation-officer, Juvenile Justice Board. "Recently the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) inspected legal-aid clinics at some schools where free legal aid was provided to several women in distress," said Neelu Mainwal, secretary of DLSA (Gautam Buddh Nagar). Around eight legal-aid clinics are being run in the district at various law universities, Mainwal said, adding, various senior-secondary schools are also helping DLSA in making children, especially female students, aware about their legal rights.
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