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Odisha hikes compensation for sexual assault victims

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has increased the compensation amount for victims of sexual assault and other similar crimes.

As per a notification of the Home Department, the victim’s family members will get Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh in the case of death. A rape survivor will be given Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.

Likewise, a gang-rape survivor will get Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and in case of unnatural sexual assault, the victim will get Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, the notification said.

The compensation amount has also been increased for burn victims. Rs 7 to 8 lakh assistance will be provided to a victim with disfigured face while the assistance for more than 50 per cent burn injury has been fixed at Rs 5 lakh to 8 lakh. Victims with less than 50 per cent injury will get Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

“If a woman victim of sexual assault/acid attack is covered under one or more category of the schedule, she will be entitled to be considered for combined value of the compensation,” the notification added.