Army pulled up for dealing `insensitively` with jawan`s widow
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 00:56
  
New Delhi: Pulling up the Army for showing "heartlessness and insensitivity in dealing with the widow of a fully-disabled soldier, the Armed Forces Tribunal today asked the service to pay Rs one lakh and enhanced pension to the jawan's family.

Sepoy Yatender Singh had suffered injuries due to a land-mine blast during Operation Parakram and had lost his eyes and hands and was undergoing treatment in the Army hospital here in 2004.

Taking serious note of the treatment meted out to the soldier and his family after his death, Tribunal chairperson Justice A K Mathur said, "It speaks volume for heartlessness and insensitivity."

He said that when the person had become a virtually living dead body and was just surviving, he should have been given a facility of an attendant to take him to the Army Hospital but "instead of this they left him dying and missing".

Terming the handling of the issue by the Army as "unfortunate", the Bench ordered it "to release immediately liberalised family pension to the wife of the deceased soldier from the date he was found missing."

It also asked the Army to pay a sum of Rs one lakh to the widow and said "the entire pensionary benefits should be worked out and paid to the widow of deceased with 12 per cent interest".

-PTI

Despite the soldier virtually becoming a "living dead body" after the injuries, he was sent alone by his commanding officer in a roadways bus to his house in Haryana and not provided any attendant.

While returning to his unit, the jawan went missing and never reported to either his home or unit and was declared a deserter by the Army.

His family was also given only the ordinary family pension and not the liberalised pension for the families of personnel injured in war.

After her plea for increased pension was rejected by the authorities, his wife Geeta Devi filed a plea urging the Tribunal to direct the Army to grant her war injury pension along with arrears from the date her husband went missing and was presumed dead.


First Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 00:56


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