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Budget 2013 announces Nirbhaya Fund for women's safety

BT Online Bureau     March 1, 2013
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has announced the setting up of a special Nirbhaya fund for women's safety with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion).

The fund has been announced in memory of the young woman, who passed away at a Singapore hospital on December 29 last year, two weeks after she had been brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in New Delhi.

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As the media is not allowed to name a rape victim, the young woman who fought those who assaulted her on December 16 was referred to as "Nirbhaya" (fearless one) and "Damini" (lightning) by sections of the press.

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While presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Chidambaram said: "I announce the setting up of the Nirbhaya Fund of Rs 1,000 crore. I request the ministry of women and child development to plan the structure, scope and application of this fund."

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"Recent incidents have cast a shadow on women's safety. It is our collective responsibility to ensure dignity and safety of women. They deserve our support," the finance minister said.

With inputs from IANS

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