In a big relief to the victims of acid attack, the District Legal Services Authority has set up a legal service clinic for them in Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (Mayo). This centre would not only help the victims and their family to get legal help but would also facilitate hassle-free treatment.
The legal services clinic was inaugurated at the hands of Chief District Judge AJ Mantri. Mayo’s dean Dr. Ajay Keoliya presided over the programme. Dr. Lanjewar and Civil Judge and secretary of District Legal Services Authority Dhanraj Kale were present. Mantri said, the victims of acid attack have to face many problems. They have several challenges in front of them. During their treatment, their families have to bear huge costs.
In view of this, the legal services clinic has been set up under the National Legal Services Authority to help and assist the victims and their family in the time of crisis (NALSA) Legal Services to Victims of Acid Attack Scheme 2016. Para volunteers have been appointed at the centre to arrange and provide counseling and active support to victims and their families. They will also maintain regular contact with the victims and their families to ensure all possible help in security appropriate medical care.
The main objectives of the scheme are to create and spread awareness about the entitlements of victims of acid attacks and to facilitate their access to medical facilities, rehabilitative services, adequate compensation and other benefits under the State Victim Compensation Scheme. Dr. Keoliya said, victims of acid attack need counseling. The social workers of the hospital will help and guide them. Adv Rajendra Rathi conducted the proceedings and proposed a vote of thanks.
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