Punjab HC directs the State Government to award Compensation for Acid-Attack Survivor
Jaspinder Kaur Vs. State of Punjab
Jaspinder Kaur is 19 years old college going girl who lost her father many years ago. Taking advantage of her vulnerable status a boy started stalking her. When her uncle went to the father of the boy to ask his son to mend his ways, the boy got furious and attacked the girl who was coming back from her college with a bottle of acid.
The girl was admitted in the local hospital from where she was referred to the District Hospital for further treatment. She was admitted there for 20 days.
She was financial support by the local administration initially but subsequently she was deprived of any kind of support. The reason was the faulty policy drafted by the State which allows compensation only in the case where the perpetrator not arrested assuming that the recovery would be made from the perpetrator and then would be granted to the survivor. The said clause of the policy was challenged on the ground that the survivor cannot wait for treatment and recovery if any can be made later on by the state but the survivor must be granted the treatment and compensation while relying upon the direction given in the case of Luxmi vs.U.O.I and others vide order dated 18.7.2013. The Petitioner prays for compensation as she cannot wait for treatment and recovery.
An interim direction is issued to the respondents that a sum of Rs.1 lac will paid to the petitioner by the State of Punjab and another sum of Rs.1 lac will be paid by the Punjab State Legal Services Authority, to the petitioner, as interim compensation, within a period of one month, to enable the petitioner to meet with the current expenses and bear the irreparable loss subject to the final decision of the present writ petition. The Petitioner’s submission was accepted by the Court and Jaspinder has been granted 2 lakh more after the petition and intervention by the Hon’ble Court.