On Tuesday, 9th January 2018, the Supreme Court directed all States and Union Territories to furnish information regarding the amount of money received under the Nirbhaya Fund and the actual amount disbursed to victims of sexual assault therefrom.
This direction was given while hearing W.P.(C) 565 of 2012 Nipun Saxena v. The Union of India on the issue of victim compensation. The Court had on an earlier occasion directed NALSA to frame a scheme for victim compensation for nationwide adoption.
The Court asked NALSA to consider re-appropriation of existing funds for the purposes of victim compensation, along with other contingent issues in the draft scheme.
The matter will be taken up again on the 15th of February by which time States and UTs have been directed to furnish the information and NALSA to finalize a draft scheme.
In the upcoming hearing the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on the issue of Taxi Apps. It is expected that they will briefly discuss information furnished by the States and UTs and what NALSA has to say on re-appropriation and the final draft scheme on the basis of which they will decide on the scheme.
Read the order here.