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‘File a suit if you want full compensation’

A fortnight after eight-year-old Reema Khetri was hit by a speeding school bus in Noida, doctors are not sure if the young girl will ever be able to stand on her feet again.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2009 23:55 IST
Naziya Alvi

A fortnight after eight-year-old Reema Khetri was hit by a speeding school bus in Noida, doctors are not sure if the young girl will ever be able to stand on her feet again.

Already having spent Rs 75,000 on her treatment, Reema's father Raaj Khetri — a driver with a salary of just Rs 5,000 — is having a tough time meeting her medical expenses. The school accepts its fault but says it will pay compensation only if a court asks it to do so.

The Noida Police have not registered either an accident or a negligence case against the school citing absence of a complainant as a reason. "We know about the accident but no one has told us to write an FIR," said a Noida police officer posted at Sector 39 station.

The school has paid only Rs 10,000 as compensation. "I have been to the police station several times but they refuse to register an FIR, saying the school has compensated us," said Khetri.

The school in-charge said they were ready to pay all expenses but were waiting for Khetri to file a suit against them. "We accept our mistake and will pay all the expenses once the suit is filed and the court directs the insurance company to do so," said R.K. Sharma, in charge Billabong High International School in Noida sector 34.

On December 24 last year, Reema — a Class I student — was returning home around 1 p.m. when she was hit by the bus.

Her doctor at Safdarjung said Reema would be operated (for the second time) sometime around next week. So far, she is stable, he added.