The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh authorities to sit together so as to come up with a common model for extending free medical treatment, adequate compensation and rehabilitation to acid attack victims.
The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Poor Patients' Relief Society.
While appreciating the Haryana government's policy on compensation to acid attack victims, the court said the same needed to be replicated by Punjab and Chandigarh. Haryana's advocate general Hawa Singh Hooda also made an assurance that it would consider providing free medical treatment to acid attack victims at state government-approved hospitals by replacing the existing provision of reimbursement of expenses of medical treatment.
Hooda also submitted that the state government would consider raising the quantum of compensation of Rs 2 lakh being provided to acid attack victims as per its policy dated April 3.
As per Punjab's policy, a compensation of Rs 3 lakh is to be provided to the acid attack victim, but it is silent about rehabilitation and free medical treatment. Chandigarh has also agreed for providing compensation, but it has to consider about the aspects of free medical treatment and rehabilitation.
The court also directed both states and Chandigarh to include the secretary of the petitioner society in every meeting and consider his suggestions for coming up with a common model.
The court also directed the Punjab government to release compensation to July 11 Moga acid attack victims Mandeep Kaur and her father Shamsher Singh before the next date of hearing, September 30.