Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Thursday decided to financially compensate victims of crime against women, including rape and trafficking.
"The scheme is aimed at compensating victims of crime against women. The guidelines have been drawn up mainly to pay compensation to victims of rape and human trafficking," Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee told reporters after a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave approval to the scheme.
The compensation included Rs two lakh in case of death and Rs 50,000 for loss limb or a part of body resulting in handicap of 80 per cent or above.
It also provided compensation of Rs 20,000 in case of loss limb or part of the body resulting in handicap of between 40 percent and 80 percent and Rs 10,000 for loss of limb or part of the body resulting in below 40 percent handicap.
The compensation proposed under the scheme for rape victims was Rs 30,000 for minors and Rs 20,000 for adults.
Mukherjee said a high-powered committee headed by district magistrates would be set up in each district which would decide on eligibility for compensation under the scheme.