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Maharashtra state must provide Monika More with prostheses and railway job seeks Petition

Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 7:36am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Mumbai univ law HoD writes to HC, seeking directions to the govt to help the 16-year-old.

Even as Monika More (in pic), 16, lies in her hospital bed, hoping she will get enough money for electronic prosthetic hands, help is pouring in from all quarters.

Dr Ashok Yende, professor and head of department of law, University of Mumbai, has written to the chief justice of the Bombay high court, seeking aid for Monika, who lost her arms while she was trying to board a train.

He sought directions for the state government to provide Monika with sophisticated artificial hands without charging her family and give her a job either in the railways or any state department.

Monika’s family has said that electronic prosthetic hands would cost them between Rs25 lakh and Rs1 crore.

The professor’s letter has been forwarded to chief justice Mohit Shah for consideration.

Registrar general of the Bombay high court CV Bhadang said: “We have got the letter, which seeks to be converted into a public interest litigation and it has been placed before the chief justice for appropriate orders.”

Details of reports published in dna (Mind the Gap) were also attached to the petition. It prays for directions to the authorities to award quantum compensation to the girl, bear the cost of her education and provide her means of livelihood or a job in the railways or a government organisation.

The letter prays that authorities be directed to provide railway stations with medical and other facilities such as ambulance, medical aid and security officer for accident victims.

The letter seeks directions to provide first aid to victims of railway mishaps by appointing a medical officer and/ or qualified doctors and nurses and ambulance and to ensure that the injured are taken to hospital immediately.

Professor Yende, president of Citizens Forum For Change and Global Vision India Foundation, is actively involved in social activities. Besides teaching law, he has participated in legal aid services and helped citizens redress their grievances.

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