25L compensation to 2005 Mandi acid attack victims

Mandi: The Criminal Injury Compensation Board on Wednesday ordered compensation of 25 lakh to two acid attack victims in Mandi district.

The decision was taken on the petitions filed before the Criminal Injury Compensation Board on behalf of the district legal services authority.

The board, headed by district and sessions judge RK Sharma, decided to pay a compensation of ₹13 lakh to the main victim and 12 lakh to another victim of the acid attack. The incident took place on May 27, 2005, when the victims were on their way back home in a bus. The accused Magruf Mohammad had boarded the bus and sprayed the acid on the victims. As many as 11 people, including the two victims were injured in the attack. The accused was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2005, secretary, district legal authority, Aslam Baig had collected information about the victims of the acid attack after which he came to know that both have not yet been compensated. Baig approached the families of both victims and filed their application before the Criminal Injury Compensation Board through the district legal services authority.

In his judgement, board chairman RK Sharma said the damage to the eyes of the victims has affected their quality of life and ability to interact with the world. “Dissolution of facial texture affects the person’s identity, access to social role and prospects such as marriage or employment. The main victim is at present 35-year-old while the second victim is 31-year-old. Both have not been married yet,” he said.

“Fortunately they survived the attack but both have been defaced, blinded and traumatised for a lifetime. Some relief can be given in lieu of their suffering under the victim compensation scheme.