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Spare a thought for victims of heinous crimes, they need proper compensation
Posted:Mar 3, 2017
 
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For rape victims, the compensation in most states is from Rs 0- Rs 50,000. But in Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and UTs it is Rs 1 lakh or above. Goa provides an exceptional amount of Rs 10 lakh for rape victims.                ?
 
One of the basic principles of the criminal justice system in India is that crimes are wrongs against the State, but our overemphasis on this principle leads us to a situation where we focus primarily on punishing the accused, ignoring the plight of the victims and their dependents who suffer grave loss and deprivation in cases of death caused by negligence, murder, rape, acid attack and other heinous crimes.
 
Acknowledging the fact that victims (and their dependants) need to be provided relief and rehabilitation and that this is the responsibility of the State, the United Nations Declaration on Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, 1985, led member states to make provision for victim compensation in their laws.
 
India already had a law in this regard (the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973) empowering courts to order compensation if needed. But this enabling provision in the law, intended to provide relief, failed to do so because of three major reasons – the court could not order the accused person to pay fine or compensation if he did not have the resources, or was found not guilty, and no interim compensation could to be ordered to be paid while the case was pending in the court.
 
Read more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/spare-a-thought-for-victims-of-heinous-crimes-they-need-proper-compensation/story-pJ3KhnXKuvvnO8JkU260RO.html
 
Hindustan Times, March 3, 2017
 
 
 
 
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