Union Ministry of Home Affairs proposed initiatives for women security under Nirbhaya Fund [ Current Affairs ]


The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the fourth week of March 2015 proposed 3 policy initiatives to enhance security women in the country under the Nirbhaya Fund. The minister will address three enhance security women center

  • Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF)
  • Investigative Units on Crime against Women (IUCAW) and
  • An initiative to prevent and monitor obscene online content.

Detail about Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) these are-

  • The fund will be set up with 200 crore rupees to provide for medical expenses for acid attack victims.
  • For the treatment of a victim 5 lakh rupees will be provided to hospitals, both Government-run and private under the fund.
  • The hospital must fully treat the victim before the compensation is released.
  • The central aid will be over and above the compensation extended to such victims by the respective state governments.
  • Around 300 acid attack cases are registered every year in India and the compensation under the fund is meant to enhance survival rate among victims.

Detail about Investigative Units on Crime Against Women (IUCAW)

  • The home ministry is announcing to set up specialised district-level units called as IUCAW to investigate crimes against women with an estimated cost of 350 crore rupees across the country.
  • Each IUCAW will comprise a staff of 15 persons each, of which one-third will be women.
  • The units will be established in partnership with states on 50:50 cost-sharing basis.
  • The programme will be rolled out on a pilot basis in 20% of districts.

The 3rd proposal regarding allocation of 300 crore rupees for prevention, tracking and action against obscene online content is still pending with the ministry. In 2013, The Nirbhaya Fund was set up by the Union Government with 1000 crore rupees corpus for empowerment, safety and security of women and girl children.

- Published on: March 31, 2015