In Haryana, acid attack victims to get Rs 25,000 relief but after lodging FIR

Soon, acid attack victims in Haryana will get a compensation of Rs 25,000 after lodging of an FIR against the accused. Their medical bills will also be reimbursed by the state government.

This, according to the government's scheme of "Relief and Rehabilitation of Women Acid Victims" that will provide adhoc relief, medical reimbursement and rehabilitation services to women acid victims in Haryana. Only those who have been attacked after May 2, 2011, will be eligible under the scheme.

"The application can be filed either by the victim or by her heir. An amount of Rs 25,000 will be provided by the concerned deputy commissioner or sub divisional magistrate as adhoc relief to the victim at the earliest after registration of the FIR. In cases where the victim dies, Rs 5 lakh will be given to the legal heir. This will be in addition to any expenses incurred towards the treatment of the victim," said Dheera Khandelwal, Principal Secretary (Women and Child Development Department) on Thursday.

A state-level committee has been constituted under the chairpersonship of the minister for considering the claims and awarding compensation to the victims. At the district level, committees have been constituted under the deputy commissioners, through which all such claims will be routed.

"The victim's parents, guardians or legal heir can apply to the committee for compensation within 15 days of the attack. The applicant will have to submit documents with the application, including a medical certificate and a copy of the FIR or the complaint," Khandelwal said.

"Severe acid victim will be treated in disabled persons category as per certified by the medical board," she added.

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