Victims of assault, rape, hate or dowry crimes, anyone who has sustained bodily harm, or the families of the murdered could now claim monetary compensation under the newly-launched Karnataka Victims Compensation Scheme, said Abhishek Goyal, Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police on Sunday.
Speaking at the monthly SC/ST grievance meeting held at his office here, Mr. Goyal said the victims can send an application to the District Legal Services Authority for the compensation. “This was, however, applicable to only those crimes which remain unsolved, where the accused was either unknown or even if named, remains untraced,” he said.
With the Government order having been notified only last year, Mr. Goyal said that the details for disbursement were still sketchy. “We still have not obtained full details. The rules for disbursement of compensation still have to be worked out,” he said.
The compensation, which would be disbursed only after the police issued a certificate of injury or death, can range between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 1 lakh for murder, he said. Though a time frame to claim compensation was specified in the Order as three months since the time of incident, there was a provision to dole out immediate compensation in case of urgent medical help or victim's financial position, he said.
“For eligibility, there were three conditions: Police should not have arrested the accused, the complainant must have cooperated with the police during investigation, and during the trial process,” said Mr. Goyal.