High Court directs compensation for dog bites, raises concern over rising accidents


Governments in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana have now been instructed to provide compensation on dog bites. High Court Judge Vinod S. Bhardwaj’s bench gave this decision while disposing of 193 petitions. Punjab and Haryana High Court has also expressed concern over the increasing cases of road accidents and dog bites caused by animals.
Disposing of 193 petitions, the High Court has asked the states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as Chandigarh, to form committees to determine such compensation. These committees will be formed under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts. The special thing is that these committees will have to release the compensation amount within 4 months after receiving and examining the application.
Not only this, the state will be primarily responsible for providing compensation. The state will also have the right to recover it from defaulting agencies, agencies or private individuals. Judge S. Bhardwaj said that accidents, deaths and dog bite cases caused by animals have increased so much that now these cases are being presented before the court.
In the order of the High Court, detailed information has also been given about how much compensation the committees have to pay on the applications received. According to this, financial assistance in cases related to dog bite will be at a minimum of Rs 10,000 per tooth mark. If a dog scratches the flesh of a complainant, the compensation for every 0.2 cm wound will be a minimum of Rs 20,000.
The High Court has also instructed the police to register DDR on receiving the complaint. As per the order issued by the High Court, on receipt of complaint regarding any incident or accident caused by animals (stray/wild/pet), the SHO of the concerned police station has to file a Daily Diary Report (DDR) without any undue delay. Will happen.
The police officer will investigate the claim made and record the statements of the witnesses. Will prepare a report of the incident site. A copy of the report will also be given to the claimant.