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‘Mission Vatsalya’ scheme for rape victims minor girls

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The Central Government has started a new relief scheme under the ‘Mission Vatsalya’ scheme in relation to the abandonment of the families of minor girls who are victims of rape when they become pregnant.

Mission Vatsalya

  • Mission Vatsalya launched in 2021 by the ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • Mission Vatsalya focused on protection and welfare of children.
  • The Government establish 415 POSCO fast-track courts in the country to provide assistance access to justice for minor victims of rape.
  • Mission Vatsalya lays emphasis on child care, advocacy and awareness about the along with providing justice care and protection with the motto of ‘Leave No Child Behind.’
  • The basis of implementation of Mission Vatsalya is The Juvenile Care (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 provisions and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POSCO Act).
  • Mission Vatsalya is a centrally sponsored scheme work together with the State Government and UT administration to provide assistance to the victims.

About the New Scheme launched Mission Vatsalya:

  • The scheme aims to provide shelter, food, daily need, sage transportation to the court hearings and legal aid to minor girls who have been abandoned by their families:
  • Due to the forced pregnancy
  • Have no other means to support themselves.
  • The fund will help in setting up shelters for the victims.
  • The new scheme aims to provide integrated support and assistance to the victim girls which involves:
  • Access to education
  • Police support
  • Heath care facilities including maternity, neo-natal and infant care.
  • Psychological and legal aid.

History of Mission Vatsalya:

  • In 2009, Ministry of Women and Child Development launched three schemes for the welfare of children:
  • Juvenile Justice Programme,
  • Integrated Programme and
  • Child Home Support Scheme
  • In 2010 these three schemes are merged into ‘Integrated Child Protection Scheme.’
  • In 2017 it was renamed as ‘Child Protection Service Scheme.’
  • In 2021 it was renamed as ‘Mission Vatsalya.’

About the Nirbhaya Fund:

  • In response to the Nirbhaya case in 2013, the government established Nirbhaya Fund.
  • It aims at projects related to women and child care and development.
  • It is managed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • The Empowered Committee which is composed of officers of several ministries and the secretary of MWCD, recommends projects/programmes for funding under Nirbhaya Fund.
  • Some of the major projects under Nirbhaya Fund are: Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVVF), One Stop Centres (ONCs), Universalization of Women Helpline (WHL) and Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) etc.

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