HC directs for compensation to victim of electrocution

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Nov 25: High Court today directed for compensation of Rs 24 lakhs with interest in favour of the victim of electrocution which has made her permanently disable.
The petitioner-Mala Begum had filed the petition seeking a direction upon the respondents for providing compensation to her for the permanent disability due to electrocution and to appoint a son of the petitioner on compassionate grounds and to regularize services of husband of the petitioner.
Justice Sanjay Dhar while declining to grant relief of appointing of her son and regularizing the services of her husband directed the authorities to pay sum of Rs 24 lakh along with interest @6% per annum, except upon the component of future earnings, from the date of filing of this petition till its realization is awarded in favour of the petitioner against the respondents. “The other reliefs sought by the petitioner in the petition are declined for the reason that compensation stands awarded in her favour”, Justice Dhar said.
Court said the petitioner-Begum as a result of the accident has been rendered crippled for the rest of her life and would remain dependent upon others for even performing her daily activities.
Court having regard to the nature of disability suffered by the petitioner, awarded a sum of Rs 1 lakh in her favour for having suffered loss of amenities of life. “Given the fact that the petitioner has suffered a horrific accident which has resulted in amputation of her lower limbs, it can safely be assumed that she must have undergone a lot of pain and suffering. A sum of Rs 2 lakhs is awarded in favour of the petitioner on account of pain and sufferance”, reads the direction.
Court has further clarified that the petitioner-victim has already been paid Rs 1 lakh as ex-gratia relief and her husband has been engaged as a casual labourer by the respondents, a sum of Rs 2 lakh is required to be deducted from the compensation assessed in favour of the petitioner.
It is on 25 August, 2011, while petitioner-victim was working in the field cultivating vegetables, 33000 kv power transmission line fell down, as a result of which she received severe burns and injuries and FIR No.216/2011 for offence under Section 285/337 PC came to be registered against the officials of the respondent Department with Police Station, Parimpora.