Haryana Cabinet Approved Financial Assistance to Women and Girl Acid Attack Victims Scheme
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Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal accorded approval to “Financial Assistance to Women and Girl Acid Attack Victims Scheme” under which a monthly pension to a woman or girl acid attack victim will be provided to allow her a continuous source of income throughout her life. Thus, it seeks to restore, to an extent, the right to live with dignity for a woman or girl acid attack victim.
Under the scheme, any woman or girl victim facing acid attack on or after May 2, 2011 will be eligible for the benefits of the scheme.
In some cases of Acid attack, women and girls have lost their ability to hear due to the attack. When acid enters the wind pipe or the food pipe, it can lead to fatal diseases. Many deaths have been reported after acid attacks. Treatment calls for a huge amount of money and it is not possible for every victim to afford such costly treatment, hence, financial assistance due to disability arising on account of acid attack will be granted. Acid attack is defined as an attack by another person and does not include self- inflicted acid injuries, made advertently or inadvertently. Financial assistance will be admissible for women and girls in case of disfigurement of any part of the body.
The financial assistance will be given on the basis of the percentage of disability. On 40-50 percent disability, 2.5 times of Divyang pension, 51 to 60 percent, 3.5 times of Divyang pension and more than 61 percent, 4.5 times of Divyang pension.
The victim herself, parents or her legal guardians may apply to the District Social Welfare Officer for relief. In case of a minor victim, the application may be made on her behalf by a parent or guardian. In case of the victim being a married woman, the application may be made on her behalf by the husband or parent or guardian. The application will be supported by the documents which included the medical certificate issued by the Medical Board at District level where the application is being made by or on behalf of the victim, the copy of the FIR/Complaint, copy of the application made to or benefit received from Women and Child Development Department.