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DCW’s intervention results in increased compensation to 2010 acid attack survivors

Intervention by Delhi Commision for Women (DCW) resulted in an increase of compensation for the acid attack survivors affected in the 2010 acid throwing incident in Bharat Nagar area.

Three girls and two boys were affected by the 2010 incident when the husband of one of the survivors of the incident who wanted to marry survivor’s younger sister attacked his wife by throwing acid on her. The incident not only caused grievous harm to her but also to her neighbours who were sitting with her at that time. The incident also led to one of the survivors succumbing to injuries later.

The relentless effort by Acid Watch Rehabilitation cell of the DCW in the case finally resulted in the compensation to the survivors being enhanced substantially from its initial amount. Two survivors who were earlier provided with Rs 20,000 will now be given Rs 1 lakh each. Similarly, compensation of Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 to the survivors has now been increased to Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively. 

The deceased survivor’s amount was raised from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.

The Acid Watch and Rehabilitation cell of DCW recommended an increase in the compensation to the Delhi Legal Services Authority after it met the survivors and realised that the compensation to them was very less. In its recent meetings, the Delhi Legal Services Authority raised the amount of the 2010 acid survivors. 

DCW chief Swati Maliwal also expressed her satisfaction on the  approval by the Union Home Ministry to revise the victim compensation scheme from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. 
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