A city court has directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the family of a man who died in an accident caused by a cow darting into his path.
Additional District Judge Kamini Lau was hearing a petition by homemaker Rukmini Devi seeking Rs 10 lakh in damages for the death of her husband Raj Kumar in the freak accident two years back.
On December 7, 2006, Kumar, a welder by profession, lost his life when his scooter careened trying to save a cow, which suddenly came in front of his vehicle in Ambedkar Nagar.
Kumar was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital in an unconscious condition and later shifted to Ganga Ram Hospital where he succumbed to serious head injuries.
His wife and children fell into hard times since the 35-year-old passed away.
The court discovered that the incident was caused not just on account of the civic body’s negligence, but also owing to the ‘contributory negligence’ of the victim. His scooter had a mechanical problem and his helmet was not ISI certified.
The court said it’s the ‘statutory responsibility’ of the corporation to ensure that the city roads are animal-free. “It is the obligation of the MCD to ensure that animals including cattle do not stray on the roads used by the people,” Lau said in her ruling.
The Delhi High Court had asked the MCD to rid the city of the cattle menace by August 30 — a deadline that the civic body could not meet. “It’s too big a problem to be solved in such a short time,” said MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijendra Gupta.