Compensation is the last mile in recognising rape as a crime by Manjima Bhattacharjya

It’s a complicated question. We are a country of compensations – come earthquake, train accident or riot, our government has been comically quick to announce ‘Rs 1 lakh packages’ to victims or the next of kin. In the morning papers it always sounds farcical, because clearly it cannot ‘compensate’, as the word suggests, for the incident. Still, it is a common practice.

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