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Bombay HC comes to aid of girl who lost leg in train robbery in 2012

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai , July 30, 2013
First Published: 10:27 IST(30/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:30 IST(30/7/2013)

After losing a leg in 2012 while thwarting a robbery, a Mumbai girl has approached the Bombay high court seeking to get a prosthetic limb fixed at the railway hospital.

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The court on Monday asked 23-year-old Bhavika Mehta to meet the chief medical superintendent of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar railway hospital on August 2.

The court has asked the central government to advise the hospital authorities to give proper treatment to the Bhiwandi resident.

“We are concerned about her treatment. Please advise them [hospital authorities] to give proper treatment,” a division bench of justices VM Kanade and KR Shriram told the central government.

The family was returning to Mumbai from Amritsar on June 5, 2012, when a thief allegedly tried to snatch her purse while she was asleep.

Mehta, however, held on to the purse, and was dragged with him when he jumped out of the train.

The incident left her with a badly injured leg, which had to be amputated later.

According to the petition, there were no personnel from the Railway Protection Force or the Government Railway Police to aid the victim or prevent the incident.

The victim was taken to Ambala civil hospital, where she received only first aid and was later taken to PIG Hospital in Chandigarh 45km away, from where she was discharged two days later.

She was then brought to Mumbai, and admitted to a hospital in Mulund.

The petitioners state no railway official has contacted them and they had spent more than Rs3 lakh on her treatment.

The court was told an additional Rs8 lakh will be required since a prosthetic limb would cost around Rs6 lakh.

The railways have been asked to inform the court in two weeks whether it can treat Mehta.

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