Doesn’t suit govt to humiliate victims of its negligence: HC

Directs authorities to pay `2 lakh to Pampore family which lost daughter to electric shock in 2011

SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has pulled up the state government for failure to pay compensation to victims of electrocution due to its negligence, saying it does not behoove the authorities to humiliate or ill treat such sufferers.
A single bench of the court comprising Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed government to pay within three weeks Rs 2 lakhs as compensation to a family against the death of their daughter due to electric shock at Dar Mohalla Wayan in Pampore.
Hearing a petition filed by the parents of the 12-year-old girl Iqra Rashid, who had died while coming in contact with 6.6 KV HT line on 5 October 2011, the court directed the concerned respondents to remain present if they failed to deposit the money within the three weeks with the court’s registrar judicial.
“Cases of a nature like the one projected in the instant petition should not ordinarily require the judicial intervention but should be dealt with at the administrative level only as it does not behoove the authorities to humiliate or ill treat the people who have suffered because of their negligence only,” the court said, observing that such a course leaves a very bad mark on the state of affairs.
The court said that the incident ‘clearly indicates’ to be an outcome of the ‘grim power’ network system.
“It was Incumbent on the authorities to introspect a little by not only taking the remedial measures on war footing but also consoling the victims by extending them the due compensation in time,” the court said, adding, “No monetary benefit can compensate the loss suffered by the (parents) as there is no substitute to a human life. The accident in question has not only snatched a child from (parents) but it has also dashed to the ground all the dreams and plans that they had for her.”
The court also directed government to ensure that effective measures are taken to protect me lives and properties of the citizens as regards the incidents taking place on account of non-maintenance or ill-maintenance of electric system.
The court has also directed the concerned authorities to file an affidavit indicating therein the mechanism in place for preventing such incidents in the State.
“Cases of a nature like the one projected in the instant petition should not ordinarily require the judicial intervention but should be dealt with at the administrative level only as it does not behave the authorities to humiliate or ill treat the people who have suffered because of their negligence only Such a course leaves a very bad mark on the state of affairs,” the court observed.