Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Commission for PCR has sought immediate relief for child sexual abuse victims.
KSCPCR said that,”Child Victims of sexual assault continue to suffer as the culprits go free. We will write to the state government to issue “look – out – notice” to teach such criminals. We have also contacted the state government to extend the ‘Victim Compensation Fund’ to victims of all offences listed under POCSO Act within 14 days of registration of complaint of abuse”.
Under the POCSO Act, it is not essential for the offender to get punished for the child victim to be eligible to get compensation. The existing ‘Victim Compensation Scheme’ of the state government to provide compensation to the victim within 30 days from the date of order of the Special Court, is based on the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act, 2008. It covers 19 categories of victims consisting of various crimes ranging from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 5 lakh of compensation. In many cases, the victim fails to even receive the compensation.
“Under the existing victim compensation scheme (VCS), a child rape victim is entitled to a compensation of upto nearly Rs. 5 lakh. The child victim above 14 years is entitled to a compensation of Rs. 50,000 and up to Rs. 75, 000 for child victims below 14 years of age”.