The observation by a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur came when a lawyer questioned the compensation scheme of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) as per which women who suffered of sexual assault or acid attacks get a minimum compensation of Rs. 5 lakh and a maximum of Rs. 10 lakh in case of loss of life.
“No court can value life. Life is priceless,” the bench, which also comprised Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, said.
The counsel, who has filed a plea on the issue related to acid attacks victims, said compensation amount for such victims should be fixed for a particular category of offence and it should not vary.
The lawyer argued that if a woman was raped, the amount of compensation should not be varying as given in the NALSA scheme as per which the minimum has been fixed at Rs. 4 lakh while the maximum is Rs. 7 lakh.
She said cases of rape, gang-rape and loss of life in such incidents cannot be categorised in percentage as far as the amount of compensation was concerned.
To this, the bench observed, “The Indian Penal Code (IPC) has made a difference between an offence of rape and gang rape”.