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Central Victim Compensation Fund scheme(CVCF)

This section gives information about Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) scheme.


The compensation part of the rehabilitation of victims of violence including rape is governed by provision of Section 357A of the Code of Criminal Procedure which states that every State Government in co-ordination with the Central Government shall prepare a scheme for providing funds for the purpose of compensation to the victim of crime. So far 24 states and 7 UTs have formulated the Victim Compensation Scheme.

The government has introduced a Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) scheme, with an initial corpus of Rs 200 crores, to enable support to victims of rape, acid attacks, human trafficking and women killed or injured in the cross border firing. Till now, there has been an absurd disparity in compensation amount paid by state governments varying from Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 lakh.

Key Objectives of Scheme

  • To support and supplement the existing Victim Compensation Schemes notified by States/UT Administrations.
  • To reduce disparity in quantum of compensation amount notified by different States/ UTs for victims of similar crimes.
  • To encourage States/UTs to effectively implement the Victim Compensation Schemes (VCS) notified by them under the provisions of section 357A of Cr.P.C. and continue financial support to victims of various crimes especially sexual offences including rape, acid attacks, crime against children, human trafficking etc.

Eligibility for compensation

The victim or his dependent satisfying the following criteria shall be eligible for the receipt of compensation:

  • He/She should not have been in receipt of any compensation for such loss or injury from any Government authorities or any other scheme of the Central / State Government, for which the applicant or his dependents shall file a declaration to that effect along with the application form.
  • The loss or injury sustained by the victim or his dependents should have caused substantial loss to the income of the family making it difficult to make both ends to meet without the financial aid or which requires such expenditure beyond his means on medical treatment of such mental/physical injury to the victim
  • Where the offender of the crime is untraceable or cannot be identified, but the victim is identifiable, the victim or his dependents may also apply for grant of compensation under sub- section (4) of section 357 A of the Act.

Minimum Amount of Compensation

SI. No.

Description of Injures / loss

Minimum Amount of Compensation


Acid attack

Rs. 3 lakhs



Rs. 3 lakhs


Physical abuse of minor

Rs. 2 laths


Rehabilitation of victim of Human Trafficking

Rs. 1 lakh


Sexual assault(Excluding rape)

Rs. 50,000/-


Permanent Disability(80% or more)

Rs. 2 lakhs



Rs. 2 lakhs


Partial Disability (40% to 80%)

Rs. 1 lakh


Burns affecting greater than 25% of the body (excluding Acid Attack cases)

Rs. 2 lakhs


Loss of fertility

Rs. 50,000/-


Loss of foetus

Rs. 1.5 laths


Women victims of cross border firing:

(a) Death or Permanent Disability (80% or more)

(b) Partial Disability


Rs. 2 laths


Rs. 1 lakh

Note: If the victim is less than 14 years of age, the compensation shall be increased by 50% over the amount specified above. m Amount of Compensation.

For more information about Guidelines click here.

Compensation for Civilian victims of cross border firing, terrorism and Maoist violence

The civilian victims of cross border firing along the border will be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh. The compensation given to those who die due to terrorism or Maoist violence has also been increased from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

Any civilian who dies anywhere in the country due to terror attack, Naxal violence, firing from across the border, shelling or IED explosion, will be given Rs 5 lakh as compensation uniformly. The amount will be given to the next of kin of the victim. An amount of Rs 5 lakh will also be given to those who receive 50 per cent or more disability or incapacitation due to the same reasons. The compensation amount will be given subject to the condition that no employment has been provided to any of the family members of the victims by the government.

Source:Ministry of Home Affairs,Government of India.

Muhammad Nov 13, 2019 08:19 PM

What is the actual procedure for applying compensation under CVCF Scheme? How long the procedure take to recieve the amount as current situation of the acid victim is worse and victim has lost his vision by acid attack...

Omkar Sep 15, 2019 07:48 PM

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Sumit Malakar Jul 04, 2019 09:52 PM

I want to know about compensation of murder death victims. And how to claim for it.

Mujeeb Oct 30, 2018 10:57 PM

Is there any time limit for applying compensation for acid victims. And old acid victims can apply for this????

Ramanathan.m Aug 03, 2018 10:27 PM

Is there any time limit for acid attack survivors to apply undet CVCF scheme ? , as they are added only recently on supreme court law.are the old acid victims eligible?

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