Arunima Ghosh
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Kolkata, 3 September
In the wake of rising incidents of rape in the country and Bengal recording the highest incidents of crime against women, the National Commission for Women  sought a report from the state on the initiatives that have been taken for protection of rape victims.  
A letter written by the commission’s expert committee on rape, trafficking and violence against women has inquired about the existing scheme in Bengal for protection and compensation of victims of rape and torture. It has sought a detailed report from the women and social welfare department about the scheme including the initiative for providing shelter, compensation, medical treatment, education, legal assistance and counselling of the victims.     
The state government had announced a compensation scheme for the victims of torture and rape in September 2012. But, the accountant general has approved creation of a separate head in the budgetary allocation for providing money under this scheme only a few months ago. The government is thus, yet to provide money to any rape victim since the family members of the college girl who was raped and murdered in Barasat refused compensation.    
An official of the state women and social welfare department said that the details have been sought from the state home department.   
The compensation for a rape victim is Rs 20,000 while for minors the amount is Rs 30,000. In case there is loss of life, the victim&’s family will be given a compensation of Rs 2 lakh.Again, different amounts of compensation had been declared for the victims if there is loss of limb. For instance, if a victim suffers 80 per cent handicap, she would be given a compensation of Rs 50,000 or above while in case of 40 to 80 per cent handicap, a compensation of Rs 20,000 would be given. For those suffering less than 40 per cent handicap, the amount is Rs 10,000. If there is any injury causing serious mental agony, Rs 10,000 will be given.
A committee would be formed under the district magistrates to verify the truth in such allegations.