April 23, 2015 1:32:22 am
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday recommended that the East municipal corporation pay compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the family of a two-year-old boy who was electrocuted in Swami Dayanand Hospital in 2012.
The child, Pradeep, was electrocuted in the hospital where both his parents worked as labourers on the construction site of a new block.
The corporation had refused to pay compensation stating that the lapse that led to the child’s death was the fault of a contractor and not their officers. In reply to a showcause notice sent by the commission, the corporation had said that prima facie no lapses can be attributed to its officers. But it said a “stern warning had been issued to them to be careful in monitoring of works of this nature”.
According to NHRC officials, the corporation also said that on the basis of the plea bargain, the court had already convicted the contractor’s security guard. Officials also said the contractor had already paid Rs 50,000 to the boy’s father as compensation, following the court’s directions.
The NHRC, however, said that it was “not inclined to accept that it was the sole responsibility of the contractor to check safety measures regarding sub-meter or other electrical installations…”
The commission also observed that “the corporation cannot escape its liability to compensate the next of kin of the deceased”.
It also observed that the
Rs 50,000 compensation by the accused appeared to be inadequate and therefore, it recommended an additional compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh.
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