The Karnataka High Court has directed the Centre to provide a compensation of Rs 3 lakh compensation to a 19-year-old victim of a bomb blast that occurred outside the BJP office in Bengaluru on April 17, 2013. The 19-year-old college student Leesha Doreswamy who suffered a serious leg injury when shrapnel from the blast hit her had sought a Rs 1 crore compensation.
In the course of the case advocates for the union government informed the court that compensation of Rs 3 lakh could be provided to the victim as per a central government policy for terror victims. After considering the representation of the union government the court directed the central government to pay the compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the college student within three weeks before adjourning the matter for three weeks.
On April 17, 2013 Leesha a class 12 student was returning from a nearby eatery to her CET coaching class when shrapnel from a blast near the BJP office hit her and her friend. While no one was killed in the blast its intensity left Leesha with a fractured left leg. The aspiring Bharatanatyam dancer underwent seven surgeries on her left leg.
Investigations have revealed that the blast was carried out by members of the banned Al Ummah outfit from Tamil Nadu.
Apart from compensation, Leesha Doreswamy has also sought the creation of a National Policy of Compensation and Rehabilitation (NPCR) for victims of bomb blasts in the country.
The 19-year old victim Leesha Doreswamy has sought a policy where a special committee can recommend compensation on the lines of the Fatal Accidents Act, Workmen Compensation Act and Motor Vehicles Act, to enable victims to bear the costs of medical expenses, mobility cost and job security instead of being dependent on grants from the government.
Leesha demanded a relief of Rs one crore from the government on the grounds of uncertainty of complete recovery, loss of income and also to restore the financial and social stability of her family.
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