Month after rape victims’ scheme, no sign of rehab board

A month since the state launched a new scheme 'Manodhairya Yojana' to provide financial, medical and legal aid to victims of rape and child abuse, the city is yet to set up an injuries and rehabilitation board. On Friday, an initial meeting got under way to discuss a compensation package for the four-year-old girl who was raped at Shivajinagar. Meanwhile across the state, 90 such applications of compensation for rape victims have been received.

Minister of Women and Child Developement Varsha Gaikwad was instrumental in launching the scheme on October 2. The scheme aims to provide Rs t2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh to victims of rape, child abuse and acid attacks. The victims would receive not only medical treatment but also legal aid, counselling and help for rehabilitation from the state government as part of the scheme.

While across the state, 90 such applications have been recieved, there is still a lack of awareness about the scheme. On Friday, a move was made to set up the district injuries and rehabilitation board that is chaired by the district collector and includes district civil surgeon and women and child development officers as members.

Suwarna Jadhav, district women and child development officer who is also the member secretary of the injuries and rehabilitation board, said the board is being set up and efforts will be taken to create awareness. "Initially we will discuss on what compensation package can be worked out for the four-year-old girl who was raped by a 40-year-old man at the Mutha riverbed, Shivajnagar in the last week of October," Jadhav said.

Officials said around 90 such applications have been received from families of rape victims seeking compensation. There are 15 applications at Aurangabad, 13 at Beed, 26 at Satara, 6 at Latur, 4 at Solapur, 5 at Wardha, 2 at Mumbai and 4 at Gadchiroli.

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