Mumbai:Taking serious cognisance of rising cases of rape and acid attacks in the state, the Maharashtra government is planning to bear their expenses for medical and legal aid, counselling as well as rehabilitation.

Under the 'Peedit Mahila Navjeevan Yojana', the government plans to provide financial assistance of Rs two lakh to the victims to fight their case to seek justice as well as for their rehabilitation.

The women and child welfare department has prepared the proposal for approval by the Cabinet.
As soon as the case of attack is reported, Rs 20,000 financial aid would be given while for legal and medical aid, Rs 50,000 would be provided and Rs 1.30 lakh would be given  for victim’s rehabilitation department officials said.
"The entire amount will be deposited in the victim's bank account in a phased manner," sources added.

The proposal prepared by the department has been forwarded to the finance ministry for approval. "It is expected to be taken up for discussion in the next Cabinet meeting," the sources said.

 For disbursal of the funds, a board will be set up in all districts which will be headed by the collector.

Similarly, a state rehabilitation board will be set up headed by the women and child welfare secretary as its chairperson to monitor the scheme.

In 2011, 1,701 cases of rape and acid attacks were reported in the state while in 2012 till September, 1,415 such cases have come to light, sources informed.
"For domestic violence and abuse victims, there are welfare schemes of the government. But, this kind of violence demoralises women. Efforts are needed to instill confidence in them," sources added.


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