According to the petition, while Rotawan did receive compensation from the government after the attacks, the money was utilised in her surgeries and post-operative care. She had to undergo six surgeries on her right leg across a month and a half, and remained bedridden for almost six months, the petition says. It adds that she was later detected with tuberculosis and has been undergoing treatment for that.
Rotawan also pleads that the family’s financial condition is such that they might be rendered roofless very soon, as they have not been able to pay rent for their tenement in a chawl at
“The representatives of the Central Government as well as the State Government visited the place where the petitioner was residing. After meeting the petitioner, when the representatives of the state government found that she was residing in a chawl and their financial condition is very poor, in as much as there was no permanent source of income for their sustenance, the said representative promised allotment of residential accommodation under the EWS category and monetary compensation for her education, in addition to the expenses for medical treatment,” the petition reads. She has recently cleared her 12th and secured admission to a college for the First Year Bachelor of Arts course.
The petition cites Rotawan and her father’s contribution to the criminal trial against Kasab, and that their depositions were appreciated by the trial court while arriving at a conclusion of holding Kasab guilty of the offence. It, however, says, “Till the time the evidence of the petitioner and her father was not recorded, repeated assurances were given to them verbally. However, after the conclusion of the trial, no heed was paid by the state government for providing/allotting a residential accommodation and making provision for the education of the petitioner and all her requests fell into deaf ears.”
The petition blames the failure of successive governments to come up with a comprehensive policy for rehabilitation of the victims of terror attacks for such a fate. “It is seen that immediately after the attacks by the terrorists, the government express concern and solidarity with the families of the deceased victims, however, attention towards them melts away soon after the memory of the incident fades,” the petition reads, adding that some special cases require rehabilitative measures on compassionate grounds, in addition to the monetary compensation, “and the present case is one among such cases.”