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Need to publish list of benefits for acid attack victims: HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

There is an urgent need to publish the list of all benefits available to the acid attack victims, the High has said.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru, while considering two petitions filed by two acid attack victims, also said that the publication of such a comprehensive paper would ensure that the acid attack victims are fully aware of the benefits available and do not have to approach the courts for relief.

"Let the comprehensive paper be prepared within a period of eight weeks and placed before this on the next date of hearing," the said.

In the first petition, the victim, who was already compensated under the earlier Victims Compensation Scheme, 2011, sought its enhancement as per the Victims Compensation Scheme, 2015.

In terms of the 2015 scheme, the victims of acid attack who are dependent due to the extent of injury suffered, are entitled to compensation of a maximum of a sum of Rs 7 lakh.

The court asked the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) to ascertain the compensation payable to the victim in terms of the 2015 Scheme.

The court, while considering the second plea which sought employment for the victim, said the petitioner (victim) would also qualify for employment under the quota reserved for persons with disabilities.

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First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 19:42 IST