Crime victim fund to provide compensation to harmed party
Kathmandu, June 7
The Government of Nepal has enacted the Crime Victim Relief Fund Regulations to offer aid or compensation to individuals victimised by legal offences.
As per the rules, there shall be a five-member steering committee headed by a registrar of the Supreme Court. Its members embrace joint secretaries on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, and Judgment Execution Directorate of the apex court docket.
The committee shall open an account in any ‘A’ class industrial financial institution and deposit the quantity obtained for the fund. Rule Eight of the rules states that the committee shall allocate crucial quantity to the district court docket involved for offering aid or compensation to the victims of legal offences.
If a court docket has handed an order to offer aid or compensation to a criminal offense sufferer from the fund, such a sufferer shall submit an software to the court docket involved to obtain the prescribed quantity. It requires the offender involved to deposit the quantity within the fund as ordered by the court docket inside 35 days of the decision. Even if the offender shouldn’t be financially able to paying the compensation ordered by the court docket and the offender has but to be recognized, the sufferer shall get aid or compensation from the fund.
In a case the place the offender doesn’t present the sufferer with the compensation quantity ordered by the court docket to be given to the sufferer, the court docket shall assist the sufferer by recovering the quantity from the movable or immovable property of the offender.
According to rules, aid or compensation might be offered on the idea of bodily and psychological trauma meted out to the sufferer other than medical bills, harm to property, bills incurred for hiring lawyer and affect on earnings era capability of the sufferer, amongst others.
If the sufferer dies, his/her subsequent of kin shall get the prescribed quantity. In case, the broken property can’t be restored to its unique type, the quantity of compensation shall be ordered to be paid in response to the prevailing market worth of such property.
A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 8, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.