Rs. 1,000-crore Nirbhaya Fund Remains Untouched - The New Indian Express

Rs. 1,000-crore Nirbhaya Fund Remains Untouched

Published: 17th December 2013 08:18 AM

Last Updated: 17th December 2013 08:45 AM

A year after the gangrape of a 23-year old girl in a moving bus in the national capital shook the country, the Rs. 1,000 crore ‘Nirbhaya’ fund earmarked by the Centre to increase woman’s safety remains unutilised. 

The principal Opposition BJP on Monday alleged that the government is not serious about using the fund.

“The Rs. 1,000 crore fund is still unutilised. It appears that the government is not serious about the issue and it shows in the non-utilisation of the fund. It just shows that it was only a Rs. 1,000 crore worth of PR exercise which they continued for one year, but for which they had absolutely no plans,” said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.

“The benefit of this fund should have gone to the people and the women of this country who are a deprived lot,” said  BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.

Nirbhaya’s father told the media that even though the government had amended the law pertaining to rape, the mindset of the society still needs to change. He said the family is still traumatised by the death of their daughter.

The incident happened in the evening hours of December 16, 2012.

The Delhi police had arrested the five people accused of the crime and booked them on charges of rape and murder.

Ram Singh, one of the main accused, died in police custody in Tihar Jail.

While, the juvenile among the accused was sentenced to three years, the maximum sentence for a juvenile, the rest of the accused were sentenced to death by the Fast Track Court.


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