While hearing a petition filed by a man named Jaeel Shaikh, the Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra government if it had any scheme or policy that would look into the welfare of children born to rape victims. The petition has sought to set up an appropriate mechanism that would provide for the welfare of kids born to rape victims. The question was put up by a bench comprising justices R V More and Anuja Prabhudessai. The bench also asked the Maharashtra government if it had any plans to increase the compensation under the Manodhairya scheme for rape victims and other crimes against women.
It may be recalled that Manodhairya Yojana was launched in 2013. As per this initiative, a compensation of Rs 3 lakh is given to rape victims and other crimes against women. The initiative also provides for counseling and vocational and educational training. The court is thinking about the possibility to increase such compensation to Rs 10 lakh and to take it forward, it has asked the principal secretary of the state’s Women and Child Welfare Department to be present in the court on April 20.