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Can compensation to tiger attack victim's wife be enhanced: Delhi HC

Can compensation to tiger attack victim’s wife be enhanced: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court has asked the AAP government to inform it whether compensation paid to the wife of a youth, mauled by a white tiger in 2014 inside Delhi zoo, can be enhanced.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath posed the query to the Delhi government, after the advocate for the victim’s wife said only Rs one lakh was paid to her.

The woman’s lawyer further contended that the family of a person who had allegedly hanged himself at Jantar Mantar during Aam Aadmi Party rally in April last year, had got a compensation of Rs 10 lakh.

“There are cases, where more than Rs 20 lakh has been paid…,” the counsel also said.

To this, the bench, which is hearing a plea filed by the youth’s wife seeking compensation of Rs 50 lakh, asked the counsel for Delhi government to take instructions and inform it before March 21.

Earlier on December 18, 2014, Delhi Police had requested the court to dismiss the woman’s plea saying the probe in the matter was pending.

The woman had claimed that the government was liable to pay compensation for their “act of negligence, safety and security lapses which resulted in the tragic death of 22-year-old Maqsood who was mauled to death by the white tiger at National Zoological Park here on September 23, 2014”.

The petition also said the deceased was the only earning member in his family, which had his wife, who was then seven months pregnant, and his 43-year-old mother.

Maqsood’s father had deserted him and his family members 15 years ago.

( Source – PTI )


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