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DLSA initiates compensation process for acid attack victim

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Srinagar: District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) Srinagar on Wednesday initiated the process to grant compensation to the 24-year-old girl who was attacked with acid in Wantpora area of the city last evening while also appointing a legal counsel for the victim and her family.

“We have initiated the process to grant compensation to the acid attack victim,” Secretary DLSA and Sub-Judge Srinagar Noor Muhammad Mir was quoted as saying by a news agency.

As per an order issued by DLSA, a lawyer shall extend fullest legal services free of cost at every forum to the victim or her family including before police, court or any government agency, as and when contacted by the victim’s family.

“Taking cognizance of the brutal & inhuman act committed by the assailant while throwing acid on a girl aged 24-years-old victim at Wantpora Eidgah area of District Srinagar yesterday on Tuesday in which the assailant has been reportedly nabbed by the police concerned & has been taken into custody,” reads the order issued by Secretary DLSA and Sub-Judge Srinagar Noor Muhammad Mir.

It added that it is the duty of DLSA Srinagar to come forward for its all possible help to the victim and her family vis-à-vis legal services free of cost.

“Accordingly, DLSA sgr [Srinagar] hereby engages/Appoints Advocate Mir Naveed Gul (Panel Lawyer DLSA Srinagar) as Legal Aid Counsel for the victim and her family,” it read.

As per the order, the Medical Superintendent SMHS and SHO Police Station concerned have also been requested to extend their fullest cooperation to appointed Legal Aid Counsel.

The girl (name withheld) was attacked with acid outside her home in Wantpora area last evening, leaving her with severe burn injuries in the face and left hand.

Meanwhile, Srinagar Municipal Corporation Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu on Wednesday visited a young acid attack victim at SMHS Hospital here and gave his one month’s salary to her family.

Mattu assured the victim’s family of full medical, legal, and administrative support.

He also asked the team of doctors treating the victim to ensure that she receives the best possible medical care.

“I will be writing to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor requesting that the victim is offered full financial and logistical assistance to facilitate her rehabilitative treatment at the best possible specialized health facility in the country for the purpose,” the Mattu said.

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