New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Central and all the states government questioning the non-utilization of the Nirbhaya Fund introduced in the year 2012.

The Supreme Court asked why the Rs 2000 crore corpus was not being utilised and disbursed among victims of sexual offences. It also sought response from the Centre and States on forming a national plan for providing compensation to rape victims and witness protection programme.

The Nirbhaya Fund was introduced in the 2013 budget speech by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram after the December 16 gang rape which sent a reverberating nationwide protest demanding a revolutionized governmental system for the protection of women all over India. 

The Nirbhaya Fund is expected to support initiatives by different NGOs and the government in protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in India.