The Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday directed the Punjab government to pay ad hoc compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to six acid attack victims within four weeks, pending a final determination of compensation by the court.
The division bench of acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta and justice Taj Rahul Garg was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Poor Patients Relief Society, an NGO. In its affidavit filed, the government had explained that as per its relief policy for acid attack victims, in case disfigurement of face Rs 3 lakh was paid, and in case of death Rs 5 lakh was payable. It had also submitted that directions had been issued to director, health and family welfare, and director, medical education and research, Punjab, that acid attack victims be given free treatment.
"The issue of giving preference to acid attack victims in allotment of fair price shops and payment of financial assistance of Rs5,000 per month to each of the acid attack victims is also under consideration," the government submitted.
The counsel for the petitioners, HC Arora, said the Haryana government had already notified its policy which provided compensation somewhat similar to Punjab but additional Rs 5,000 per month, besides preference in allotment of fair price shops and free treatment, including for plastic surgery.
The PIL would come up for hearing again on January 9.