DLSAs conduct awareness across State

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/26/2020 10:00:20 AM IST

District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) under the aegis of the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) has been conducting awareness and sensitization on “Nagaland victim compensation scheme, 2012” with youth and women organizations in all the districts. The scheme has been introduced for the purpose of compensation to the victims or dependents who have suffered loss or injury as a result of crime and who require rehabilitation. 

Wokha: Wokha DLSA conducted the programme on February 22 with youth, Church leaders and village functionaries of Nyiro Range. 

Longleng: Longleng DLSA conducted the programme at Longleng town Baptist Church on the same date. Chairing the programme, Imlichuba, PLV briefed about the protection of women from domestic violence. Resource person P Monyei Phom, panel lawyer spoke on the scheme 2012 and Ajongba Imchen CJM/secretary DLSA challenged the gathering to stand firm for their rights and summed up the programme. Around 60 beneficiaries attended.

Zunheboto: Zunhebotot DLSA conducted the programme on February 16 at DC hill prayer fellowship. The programme was chaired by Ashetoli, assistant pastor Sumi Baptist Church Zunheboto, while Easter H Yepthomi retainer lawyer spoke on the scheme. More than 200 beneficiaries attended the programme.

Phek: Phek DLSA organised the awareness with women department, Phek town Baptist Church on February 5. Cheliam Khiamniungan, secretray Phek DLSA stated that law was not to punish the accused alone but victims of crime have right to get compensation for relief and rehabilitation. She also highlighted the procedure of availing the schemes and informed the gathering on the availability of legal aid clinics and PLVs, panel lawyers to render services whenever required. Pamphlets and leaflets in local dialect were also distributed to around 100 members. 

Mon: Mon DLSA organised the awareness on February 24 at Leangnyu village with village council, church leaders, women society and students union. While addressing the people, Angun, panel lawyer stated that the society can be developed in various aspects is people become aware of their rights. She also sensitized on POSCO Act, RTI, RTE and Lok Adalat. M Moba, retainer lawyer spoke on the scheme, while Tingkai Konyak, PLV chaired the programme.

Tuensang: Tuensang DLSA organized the awareness with Chessore public forum, Chessore village council and church organization at Chessore town on February 21. The programme was chaired by Soteth Anar, project assistant, Victo Sema, chairman TDLSA addressed the gathering, Kumdilong Kessen, sceretary TDLSA spoke on the scheme, Heroto, AAP Tuensang spoke on “essential elements in customary practices” and L Chuba Yim, public notary presented on rules for administration of justice and police in Nagaland, 1937. Altogether 35 persons attended the awareness programme. 

It may be noted that in the year 2019, 19 cases were provided with compensation under the Nagaland victim compensation scheme (NVCS), 2012. The total amount sanctioned was Rs. 22, 70,000. Of the 18, 10 were victims of rape and 8 were loss of life. The compensation is awarded to the family members and dependents of the victims. 7 applications in 2019 are yet to be given compensation. The total amount recommended was Rs. 2,815000. 

Under this scheme, applicants can write an application before the legal service authority of the state; attached with FIR, medical reports, and the copy of judgment or recommendation if the case has been disposed. After scrutiny, the award given is finalised based on factors such as the gravity of the offence, loss of livelihood, in case of death their age, monthly income, number of dependents, whether the crime was an isolate incident or part of a series over a period of time. 


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