The State of Uttarakhand has recently been ordered by the Uttarakhand High Court to pay a victim of an acid assault ₹35,000 as compensation. (Gulnaz Khan v. The State of Uttarakhand )
Justice Sanjaya Kumar Mishra ruled that the survivor’s right to live in dignity had been violated and emphasised that human dignity is maintained on an equal footing with national unity and integrity.
“The right to live life with dignity has been breached in this case. The preamble of the Constitution of India provides that India is constituted into a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic and shall provide to its citizen justice, social, economic and political; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; equality of status and of opportunity; promoting among them all fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and unity and integrity of the Nation. Dignity of individuals and unity and integrity of the Nation is kept in the same high pedestal,” the Court told.
This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.