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HC asks Maha to set up trauma centres for rape victims

The Bombay High Court today directed Maharashtra government to set up trauma centres across the state to ensure that rape victims are taken there for treatment, counselling and rehabilitation immediately after the FIR is registered in a police station in such cases.

Bombay High CourtThe direction was given by a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil, which observed that it was very much necessary for the government to set up trauma centres to cater to rape victims.

There should be trauma teams to treat the rape victims, the bench said.

“Currently, the rape victims are not taken to trauma centres and are left in the lurch,” observed the judges while hearing two petitions seeking compensation for rape victims.

The court was informed that the state government had launched a scheme, ‘Manodhairya Yojana’, in October 2013 that envisages payment of compensation ranging from Rs two lakh to three lakh to the rape victim.

Under the scheme, the victims would receive not only medical treatment but also legal aid, counselling and help for rehabilitation from the state government.

“The scheme also makes it compulsory for the government to open trauma centres all over the state. However, implementation of these centres has not been done so far,” the court was told by the government lawyer.

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