The Scheme Aims to Provide Assistance to Victims of Sexual Offences and Acid Attacks
The Supreme Court has dismissed petitions challenging the Delhi High Court's order upholding the Agnipath scheme, which provides assistance to victims of sexual offences and acid attacks. The scheme was introduced by the Delhi government in 2018 and has been operational since then.
The scheme provides financial assistance, medical aid, legal aid, and rehabilitation to the victims of sexual offences and acid attacks. Under the scheme, victims of such crimes can avail financial assistance of up to Rs 7 lakh, depending on the severity of their injuries.
Several petitions were filed challenging the scheme, claiming that it was discriminatory and violative of the right to equality guaranteed under the Constitution. However, the Delhi High Court had upheld the scheme, stating that it was a "progressive measure" aimed at providing assistance to the victims of heinous crimes.
The Supreme Court has now dismissed the petitions challenging the Delhi High Court's order, stating that the scheme was in line with the constitutional provisions and aimed at providing necessary assistance to the victims of sexual offences and acid attacks. The court has also directed the Delhi government to ensure that the scheme is implemented effectively and efficiently to benefit the victims of such crimes.