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Title: Rape Survivor: A Victim Based Approach!
Other Titles: INDIAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND JUSTICE, Vol. 10 No. 2, September 2019, p 207 - 220
Authors: Baladhikari, Surja Kanti
Keywords: Right to be Heard
Victim Compensation Scheme
Physical and Psychological Needs of the Rape Survivor
Criminal Justice Delivery System
Issue Date: Sep-2019
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: Rape survivors are often seen as a curse in the society where people start believing that the rape victim was herself into some fault for the commission of the crime. A victim of rape is ignored at every stage of a criminal trial at first when the crime is committed by showing the lack of security she has from the state which is equivalent to the respect a woman has in a society thereafter while registering the compliant with the law enforcement agency thereafter during the investigation, trial along with sufferings of being a rape survivor (victim) in the case. It is very important to acknowledge that it is upon the victim the offence is committed and she has to undergo the ordeals of the justice delivery system while she awaits for justice whether it is taking care about her interim needs to that of her present needs along with giving psychological attention to her. She has every right to know about the progress of her case along with a dialogue with the public prosecutor which often a denial as the criminal justice system is more inclined in protection of rights of the accused. It is also very important to analyze how far the victim compensation scheme which is not a statutory right under Section 357A2 has been applied uniformly across India. Whether the victims are getting interim compensation accordingly? The increase in punishment or making the laws more stringent than proper implementation is a victim centric approach or familiarising the victim and giving adequate representation in the criminal justice system is the right path?
ISSN: 0976-3570
Appears in Collections:Vol.10 No.2 (September 2019)

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