Bratpack victim gets help
Dalip Singh, the security guard of Richmond Park Apartments who was hit by a speeding car being driven by a 16-year-old school student, has a slim chance of walking again.india Updated: May 13, 2006 01:36 IST
Dalip Singh, the security guard of Richmond Park Apartments who was hit by a speeding car being driven by a 16-year-old school student, has a slim chance of walking again.
Admitted to a private hospital in Sushant Lok, Singh, who used to earn Rs 2,500 a month, will now probably be able to afford the treatment after residents of the Richmond Park pooled in Rs 1 lakh for him.
But that won't be enough for 30-year-old Singh. "The hospital expenses would cross Rs 3 lakh. Though the security company where Dalip was employed has agreed to foot the rest of the bill on humanitarian grounds, we want the family of the student who hit the guard to compensate. I talked to the student's father but he gave a very cold response to our request," said Vikram Batra, president of Richmond Park Owners and Residents Association (RPORA).
To coax the boy's family to pay up, RPORA members wanted to protest outside the accused's house, but were denied permission by the police.
The boy's father, ostensibly a wealthy businessman, cited losses in business when he was asked to foot the bill of the guard's treatment. "I am in a tight spot and have been suffering losses in business. I am unable to meet their full demand of compensation. At the maximum I can help the guard with Rs 50,000 only," the boy's father, Pawan Mahajan, said.
Despite the losses, Mahajan can still afford to had over the keys of his Chevrolet Optra to his underage son. "It is difficult to tame children and put a tab on them all the time," he says. He can also afford to send his son to GD Goenka World School, Sohna — one of the costliest in India — and pay over Rs 15,000 a month in school expenses.
Farat Kamin, the mother of another student who was racing in a Palio with the accused, also supported her son saying that it was not the right way to deal with students (the seven students had been taken to a police station on Thursday after the accident).
The son of GD Goenka school's vice-principal was among the seven students who were racing in DLF City.
Singh belongs to Jehanabad, Bihar. He has four daughters and has to support his parents too. His father was a coalfield worker who retired 12 years back and gets no pension support. "His eldest daughter studies in class V while the youngest is a year old. He has a big family to feed and I doubt whether he would be able to walk again and get any job in the future," said Arun Singh, the guard's cousin.