With no response from the state, although the acid attack survivor is in urgent need of surgery, the Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday directed the government to bear the medical expenses of the woman, estimated to be around Rs 4 lakh.
The 24-year-old, an IT-firm employee was attacked by her landlady’s son outside Goregaon station on January 31, 2012, because she turned down his marriage proposal. The woman has filed a petition seeking a compensation of Rs 3 lakh from the state government for her treatment. She will undergo plastic surgery and other operations at the Nova Specialty hospital next week.
The state government had on Tuesday said the case cannot be considered for compensation under the Manodhairya Yojana scheme launched on October 2, 2013, as the incident took place before the cut-off date.
Rejecting the argument, the HC had asked the government to file their response by Thursday on whether they can cover the woman under the scheme.
A division bench of justice VM Kanade and AR Joshi said that despite giving time, the state government has not responded.
The court said the Supreme Court judgment makes it mandatory for the state to offer financial and other assistance to the survivor.
The survivor is to be operated upon next week and the state is directed to bear the expenses of her operation after collecting the bills, the court said.
The court also directed the hospital to ensure the operation takes place without waiting for the money and the state shall pay the hospital directly within four weeks.