Victim compensation schemes in India (Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana and Kerala)
Palavras-chave:assistance, compensation, victim compensation scheme, justice, criminal justice system
Victim compensation has become a symbolic part of the Indian Criminal Justice System (CJS). With the growth and development of the modern CJS, the States were given the role to provide protection to the people from crimes unlike the ancient and medieval practice. The rights of the victim have been given special recognition by providing them assistance and compensation to make good for the losses incurred due to the commission of the crime. The concept of Victim Compensation Schemes (VCS) for providing compensation to the victims of crime has been accepted widely. India has imbedded it in its CJS under section 357A of the criminal procedure. Under this provision the States are required to frame their own VCS. It is here that the question regarding its effective implementation arises. This paper aims to provide a comparative analysis of the VCS of the States of Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana and Kerala to point out the areas where it is lacking in terms of ambiguity and non-uniformity.
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