A compensation amount of Rs 75,000 was provided to the family of the minor handicapped girl who was raped and murdered near Balliguali under Sadar police limits in June.
Odisha Victim Compensation Scheme, which was brought into effect last year, was made operational with father of the girl being paid a part of compensation.
A cheque for Rs 75,000, was handed over by the Odisha Legal Services Authority (OLSA) to the father of the girl by District and Sessions Judge BN Mohanty and OLSA member secretary Sashikanta Mishra at a function on the Puri court premises recently.
Earlier, the Puri district Legal Services Authority had awarded a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the victim's family after an undertaking from father of the victim that he would cooperate with the prosecution during the trial of the case. Remaining half of the amount would be paid after conclusion of the trial.
Another cheque for Rs 2,500 was handed over to mother of another rape victim of the district, a minor girl, who was injured. The district legal services authority had awarded Rs 5,000 as compensation to the victim's family.
This was for the first time compensation was awarded to victims' families under the Odisha Victim Compensation Scheme.