The High Court Tuesday directed government to pay treatment bill of acid attack victim in Nowshera Law College acid attack case.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed that the victim should forward treatment sheets and medical bills to Principal Secretary Home Department for her future treatment.
“The department shall ensure expeditious payment to the victim,” the court directed.
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 the 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 recorded that there is no corneal transplantation facility available in the J&K.
It further directed government to pay additional amount of R 7 lakhs to the victim for facial reconstruction.
“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 court remarked.
Earlier, Court had directed for verification of the medical bills and treatment sheets.
The petitioner’s counsel Mian Tufail today informed the Court that the registry of High Court has received verification of the same from Apolo Specialty Hospital and Sankara Nethrlaya Hospital.
He submitted that government has not paid the amount incurred by victim for treatment.
The State counsel BA Dar submitted that the victim has not been referred by any hospital in the state.
He stated that victim has already been paid due amount.
The Court told the State counsel that the trauma and agony faced by the acid victim is full of miseries and state has every responsibility to provide medical facilities as well as bore the expenditures of the victim.
“There is lack of corneal transplant facilities in the State of JK as such patients have to seek treatment outside the State, where the treatment is available,” it remarked.
The direction came after an application was moved by senior counsel Mian Qayoom before Court stating that in view of non-availability of corneal transplantation in the department of Ophthalmology in SKIMS Medical College Bemina, the victim was compelled to move to a Chennai hospital wherein she was operated.
The victim had undergone three more surgeries including a total cost of Rs 6,98241 including air fare.
Besides, the victim has been told that an additional amount of about Rs 7 lakhs is required for her facial reconstruction surgeries.
On August 24, 2018, the Court had ruled that acid victim violence is subjected to compensation and liable to get paid for the treatment under constitutional right.