Kohima: The Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) has sanctioned a total amount of Rs 67.26 lakh under the Nagaland Victim Compensation Scheme (NVCS) 2012 for 29 cases for the year 2020.

The distribution to respective dependents or families of victims was made by the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs), which started this July, the NSLSA informed.

The scheme was introduced to give compensation to the victims or dependents who have suffered loss or injury as a result of crime and who require rehabilitation.

Of the 29 cases, nine were victims of rape, 11 due to loss of life, and seven related to sexual assault and physical abuse. The NLSA added that of the total applications, 15 were those of minors.

Further, it said that applicants can submit applications before the Legal Services Authority of the state and attach it with an FIR, medical reports, and a copy of the judgment or recommendation if the case has been disposed of.

In 2020, six applications were recommended by the Court, 18 were filed by claimants or victims, and five were from police, administration, organisations and others.

After scrutiny, the compensation is awarded based on factors such as gravity of the offence, loss of livelihood, age (in case of death), monthly income, number of dependents, and if the crime is an isolate incident or part of a series over a period of time.

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It said that all applications received by them were considered. As for a district-wise break-up, eight compensations were from Kohima district, six from Dimapur, five each from Mokokchung and Mon and one each from Zunheboto, Tuensang and Phek districts. The district-wise distribution of two pending cases from the previous years that were considered for compensation, are not provided.

The NLSA also informed that there is no specific budget allocated for victim compensation. The Relief and Rehabilitation of the Home Department accommodates the budget according to the applications received from the NSLSA and DLSAs.

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