DIMAPUR, JULY 22: The Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) has sanctioned Rs 67,26,000 under Nagaland Victim Compensation Scheme (NVCS), 2012 for 29 cases recorded in 2020.
The distribution to respective dependents or families of victims by District Legal Services Authorities started in July.
The NSLSA informed that the scheme has been introduced for the purpose of compensation to the victims or dependents, who have suffered loss or injury as a result of crime and require rehabilitation.
Of the 29 cases, 9 were victims of rape, 11 victims of loss of life and 7 victims of sexual assault and physical abuse. It informed that 15 were minors.
It stated that victims can make an application to the Legal Services Authority of the State; attached with the FIR, medical reports, and the copy of judgment or recommendation if the case has been disposed.
Similarly, 6 applications were recommended by the Court; 18 were filed by claimants/victims and 5 were from police, administration, organisations and others.
After scrutiny, the compensation is awarded based on factors such as the gravity of the offence, loss of livelihood, in case of death their age, monthly income, number of dependents, whether the crime was an isolated incident or part of a series over a period of time.
NSLSA further said that all applications were considered. Eight compensations were from Kohima district, 6 from Dimapur, 5 each from Mokokchung and Mon and 1 each from Zunheboto, Tuensang and Phek.
While there is no specific budget allocated for victim compensation, the Relief and Rehabilitation, Home Department accommodates according to the application received from NSLSA and DLSAs.
(Page News Service)