Srinagar: J&K High court on Wednesday ruled that Acid attack victims are entitled to get medical expenses incurred for treatment under constitutional right.
The court while hearing the case of a 21-year-old Law student who was injured when car-borne youth attacked her with acid outside her college in Nowshera area of Srinagar on December 1, 2014 directed state government to pay an amount of Rs 6,98241 to the victim of father which he has spent for cornea transplantation surgery of her daughter.
The court also directed government to pay additional amount of rupees 7 lacs to the victim for facial reconstruction.
The court said, “it cannot be disputed or denied that in the light of the liberty granted by this court on 29 April, 2015, the victim of acid violence is entitled to get medical expenses for further treatment as guaranteed under constitution. In view of this , the victim is entitled to all further expenses which she has incurred after 29 April,2015 or would be incurred by her in future for treatment.”
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe has passed this direction after an application was moved before court by Senior Counsel Mian Qayoom stating that in view of non-availability of cornea transplantation in the department of opthomolgy in SKIMS Medical College Bemina, the victim was compelled to move to a Chennai hospital wherein she was operated, later on the victim had to undergo three more surgeries for which a total cost of 6 lacs, 98 thousand and 241 rupees including air fare was costed. Besides this, the victim has been told that an additional amount of at least 7 lac rupees will be needed by her for facial reconstruction surgeries.
The court while directing the respondents to pay the amount has also directed Registry to send all the bills and documents to hospitals wherein the victim was operated for verifying the correctness of documents placed before this court. The court said, “That the verification of the said documents shall be conducted within two weeks and concerned hospitals shall communicate Registrar Judicial of this court for placing the record in present case.”