Aid Received In Barely 30% Cases : CAG
The state's pennypinching ways have affected survivors of sexual assault and acid attacks.
A CAG report reveals that implementation of the 'Manodhairya' scheme for rehabilitation of victims suffered in 2013-14 as financial assistance could not be disbursed due to paucity of funds. It also stated that barely 30% of Maharashtra's rape and acid-attack survivors received the rehabilitation package, that too after a long delay.
The audit study cited review of cases, non-availability of medical reports and bank accounts as reasons for delay in providing assistance. Although acid attacks are termed as “heinous crimes“, the report mentioned that such cases are not separately categorized in the `crime in Maharashtra' annual report prepared for 2010 to 2013. The state's norms mandate that a panel headed by the collector must hold a meeting within seven days of the survivor lodging the FIR and financial assistance has to be paid within 15 days after the government gives a go-ahead.
TIMES VIEW :
The CAG report that barely 30% of the state's rapeand acid-attack survivors have received any financial compensation shows the lack of sensitivity of the government in dealing with them. It is unforgivable that no compensation was paid in 114 cases because there was no money supposedly available. The government should stop treating these survivors as a cost item and deal with them as human beings who need help to rebuild their tattered lives.