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How Should the Compensation For Victims of Acid Attacks be Determined: Delhi High Court Ask DLSA

Team SoOLEGAL 1 Jan 1970 5:30am

How Should the Compensation For Victims of Acid Attacks be Determined: Delhi High Court Ask DLSA


The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the state legal services authority (DSLSA), how they determine the compensation that is to be awarded to victims of acid attacks.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani inquired to the Delhi State Legal Services Authority when hearing a plea by a woman, who claimed is an acid attack victim, seeking increase in the compensation awarded to her. "How the compensation is determined? Tell us about the scheme," the court stated, in the notice to DSLSA and directing them to place on record "the entire policy of compensation in such cases". The court also issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking its stand on the matter and the petition to be further heard on September 3.

The victim's petition was earlier listed before a single judge bench of the high court which dismissed her plea for increasing of the interim compensation of Rs 25,000, awarded by DSLSA, to Rs 3 lakh. The single judge in his order of February 26 had said that the woman's statement that acid was poured on her and she was also forced to drink it "does not ring true" as the injuries on her were superficial in nature. The court had said "no compensation shall be required to be paid". The woman appealed against the high court single judge bench order before the division bench which stated that medical evidence indicated that they were burn injuries even though the single judge stated that she wasn't a victim of an acid attack. In victim's appeal, the woman contended that the compensation granted to acid attack victims shall not be only for the physical injuries, "but also for the mental harassment and the social stigma she is going to face throughout her life"

Tagged: delhihighcourt   justicerajendramenon   justiceAJBhambhani   acidattack   DLSA  
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