Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Friday decided to stop extending the government-sponsored benefits like old-age pension, disability pension and state scholarship to any person accused of committing a crime against women. A rape or molestation accused will be barred from getting these benefits, except for the ration, until the concerned court pronounces its verdict.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, as reported by news agency ANI, if a charge sheet is filed against someone on grounds of crime against women, all government facilities will be immediately withdrawn.
“If a charge sheet is filed against someone on grounds of crimes against women, all government facilities being made available to him, barring ration, will be withdrawn till final judgement is pronounced. No one, be it a man or a woman, will be spared,” Khattar said.
The facilities will be provided to the person after the final judgement if that person is acquitted of all charges. “If he has declared a convict then all his facilities will be withdrawn permanently,” Haryana chief minister said, as quoted by ANI.
Khattar was addressing a women’s welfare programme in Panchkula when he made the statement. In order to curb the rape cases and help the rape victims, the government will also grant Rs 22,000 to survivors and the free services of a private lawyer.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also said that the police must finish the investigation in these cases within a month in case of rape and in case of molestation, the investigation must be finished in 15 days.