A Delhi court has awarded R6 lakh as compensation to a minor girl who became mentally challenged, as she received injuries in a road accident.
Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) judge Swarana Kanta Sharma said, “It is a very sad case where the child who was only seven years of age at the time of accident had suffered mental retardation due to injuries sustained in the accident”.
The court noted that the girl had suffered 75% permanent disability, which is not likely to be improved, and it made her dependent on others for her entire life. “The child has suffered mental retardation which has affected her prospect of marriage. She has also become a case of apathy and has lost interest in most of things,” the judge said.
The court directed United India Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending Tata Safari car was insured, to pay Rs 5,90,750 to the victim and said, “No amount of compensation can compensate the loss of childhood and youth that the girl has suffered at this age” According to victim’s father Om Prakash on June 2, 2009, when the girl along with her mother and brother was crossing the road at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, a Tata Safari car, driven at a reckless speed by its owner and Greater Kailash resident Manzoor Ahmad Simon hit her.