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Centre announces scheme for minor rape victims

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: TH

 Context: The Indian government has launched a special scheme to provide support to minor rape victims who become pregnant as a result of the sexual assault.

  • The scheme, announced by the Women and Child Development Ministry, will operate under the Nirbhaya Fund.

 

Features of the Scheme:

  • The scheme leverages the administrative structure of Mission Vatsalya, a program focused on child protection and welfare, in collaboration with state governments and Child Care Institutions (CCIs).
  • The support will be available to minor victims up to the age of 18, and up to the age of 23 in aftercare facilities.
  • The government has already established 415 fast-track courts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to accelerate access to justice for minor rape victims.
  • The scheme aims to provide integrated support and assistance to victims, including access to education, police assistance, healthcare, psychological support, and legal aid. It also provides insurance coverage for the victim and her newborn and does not require the victim to have a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) to avail of the benefits.