No disbursement of funds to the rape victims
A RTI application has revealed that out of Rs. 2.57 crore of Central funds specifically allotted as financial assistance for the rape victims, not a single penny has been granted to the victims in Gujrat. Under the scheme, funds were allotted to the women and child development department be give a financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to each rape victim. It turned out that mandatory district boards were not formed and a random check revealed that the districts were not aware of the scheme.
The scheme was meant to assist a rape victim in dealing with the mental and physical trauma and was widely welcome as a scheme for restorative justice. It was termed as ‘financial assistance to the victims of rape - a scheme for restorative justice’ (FAVRRJ). While this RTI application has brought out the situation in Gujrat, the state of affairs is not likely to be any different in other states.