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UP cabinet approves interim relief for rape, mob lynching victims

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Lucknow

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to provide interim compensation to victims of rape, mob lynching and other such crimes.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here.

“It has been decided to provide interim compensation to victims of rape, mob lynching and other such crimes pending probe. A maximum of 25 per cent interim compensation will be provided on DM’s report,” UP government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh told reporters after the meeting.

He said at present the compensation was provided only after the probe, depriving the victims of immediate relief.

The proposal is in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment of July 17, 2018, in the Tehseen Poonawala vs Union of India case, he said.

Asked about the amount of compensation to be provided to victims of mob lynching or their families, Singh said, “There are different categories. Lynchings are also in different categories and the compensation will be according to these.”

The SC had in its order said the state governments should give due regard to the nature of bodily injury, psychological injury and the loss of earning, including the loss of opportunities of employment, education and expenses incurred on account of legal and medical expenses.

The said compensation must have a provision for interim relief to be paid to the victim/next of kin within a period of 30 days of the incident of mob violence/mob lynching.

The cabinet also cleared the state GST concession to Hritik Roshan starrer ‘Super 30’, which is based on the life of the mathematician who runs the famed Super 30 programme in Patna for IIT aspirants.

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