Shillong: An influential women NGO on Wednesday
hailed the Meghalaya government`s approval of compensation to
rape and trafficked victims.
"This is truly a very honourable move -- a support to
afflicted women -- and this goes to show that the chief
minister is determined to address the problems of women,"
Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) president Agnes
The women leader in Meghalaya, however, said, "The
government should take all rape cases to the fast track
court," even as she demanded, "investigating officers should
follow strict norms on such cases of rape and trafficking".
Agnes said the government should punish erring
"To prevent tampering by interested parties, a copy of
the medical report should immediately also be given to the
victims," Agnes said.
Meghalaya cabinet yesterday gave a nod to the
Meghalaya Victims Compensation Scheme as per requirement of
Section 357 A of the CrPC.
Under the scheme rape victims are entitled to a
compensation of Rs 50,000 while those who suffered mental
agony due to kidnapping and victims of trafficking are
entitled Rs 25,000.
While there are more than 500 rape cases pending trial
in various courts across Meghalaya, the official figure of
cases pending trial till 2009 was 414.