TAMIL NADU

A poor girl’s gruelling experience

SAD: S. Suvanthiri (centre) coming out of the Madras High Court Bench in Madurai after attending a lok adalat with her parents.

SAD: S. Suvanthiri (centre) coming out of the Madras High Court Bench in Madurai after attending a lok adalat with her parents.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: G. Moorthy.

Mohamed Imranullah S.



Ilium, the largest

bone of the pelvis,

is fractured



MADURAI: “I would have preferred to see her dead than live in this condition,” says P. Sellamani (45) of Palani in Dindigul district pointing to his 20-year-old daughter S. Suvanthiri who does not look abnormal but for her walk with a limp.

It is only when she shows her abdomen that one gets to see her large intestine stitched outside the stomach with the faecal matter being collected in a packet.

The girl is also discharging urine through a tube.

Pubic rami bone on her right hip had crushed and a similar bone, situated before the hip bone, had dislocated. Ilium, the largest bone of the pelvis, is fractured.

The urinary tract is mangled out of shape and the anus is destructed.

The blame for her condition lies with the negligence of a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus driver who moved the vehicle even before the girl could alight from the front exit at a bus stop near her school in Kullapuram on July 29, 1999.

She fell on the road and the hind wheels ran over her hip crushing her genitals and uterus at a tender age of 11. Doctors concluded that she could not have conjugal relationship and might have to live with the intestine outside her body all through her life.

On September 24, 2001, a sub-court in Palani awarded a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the girl with interest at the rate of 9 per cent from March 8, 2000. But the TNSTC refused to pay the amount and filed an appeal in the Madras High Court in 2002.

The appeal was placed before a Lok Adalat (a forum to settle litigation by negotiation) in the High Court Bench here on Saturday and the TNSTC agreed to pay only Rs.7 lakh as against the total amount that had crossed Rs.17 lakh along with interest.

“I refused to accept the paltry sum and asked to list the case in the regular court. You see, I have already become a pauper with my daughter having to undergo a surgery every six months to clean her intestine,” rues Mr. Sellamani, a farm labourer.

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