Bombay High Court directed State Government to compensate acid attack survivor

Aarti Thakur v. State of Maharashtra | Bombay High Court | Status: Pending |

Aarti Thakur is the survivor of a gruesome acid attack that occurred in January, 2011. Aarti was stalked and attacked by the  accused on two occasions prior to the acid attack. She approached the Vakola police station on both prior occasions but the police refused to take any action.

Finally in January, 2011 the accused threw acid on Aarti near Borivali Station. Aarti suffered 14% burns. The Petition was filed seeking compensation from the State Government under the Manodhairya Scheme, 2013 (a scheme framed by the State Government to compensate victims of sexual assault, acid attacks etc.). The stand of the State Government was that Aarti was not eligible under the scheme as the cut off date for receiving compensation was October, 2013 while the incident occurred in January, 2011. 

The Court held that the cut-off date was arbitrary and contrary to the directions given by the Supreme Court in the case of Laxmi v. Union of India. The Court therefore directed the State Government to pay Rs. 3 lacs to Aarti under the Manodhairya Scheme, as also to reimburse her for all the surgeries and medical expenses that she had incurred amounting to Rs. 3.5 lacs.