Victims of rape and other abuses would receive not only medical treatment but also legal aid, counselling and help for rehabilitation from the state government. Maharashtra government plans to launch Manodhairya Yojana (morale boost scheme) for the victims of any kind of violence against women.
Minister for women and child development Varsha Gaikwad on Thursday said that the yojana would be presented before the state cabinet for approval on Wednesday. Concern raised by political parties and NGOs over the recent gang-rape case in Mumbai has led the state to chalk out the proposal.
Gaikwad said that the Centre had appointed the JS Verma Committee after the Nirbhaya incident in New Delhi and NGOs had given many suggestions. She said that despite all laws and provisions, the victim needs medical treatment, legal aid, counselling and rehabilitation.
The minister said that the proposed yojana would cover all these needs and the state would have to allocate Rs24 crore per year for the scheme.
Gaikwad said that it is not advisable to ignore eve-teasing as it may lead to bigger crimes. She said that 90% of rapes are committed by those who are known to the victim or her family. She asked the girls to not ignore any untoward incident and report the matter at the earliest.
Gaikwad inaugurated an exhibition organised by Payal Tiwari Foundation, Priyadarshini Women’s Forum and Pune District City Congress Committee of products made by women self-help groups (SHGs), especially the decorative items required during the Ganesh festival, and related things. City unit president Abhay Chhajed, Sangeeta Tiwari, Prabha Ojha, Yashomati Thakur, Ganesh Patil and others were present.