BENGALURU: A fisherman who sustained lifetime disabilities following an accident will now get double compensation after he contended before the high court that he can’t find a bride due to his condition. Ramesh Kharvi from the coastal town of Kundapur in Udupi district will receive a compensation of Rs 11.4 lakh with interest as against the Rs 5.5 lakh awarded by the lower court. Ramesh was heading home on June 6, 2010, in an autorickshaw driven by Rama Kharvi when it met with an accident due to rash and negligent driving. Ramesh sustained grievous injuries and a part of his right hand was amputated. Doctors had certified that he suffered 60% permanent disability on his right hand and 30% on his body. According to him, because of the injuries sustained, he couldn’t go into the deep sea to catch fish and eke out his livelihood. His counsel even argued that Ramesh, who is in his 30s, wouldn’t find a bride easily as he has an amputated hand and no source of livelihood. Justice K Somashekar directed the National Insurance Company Ltd to deposit the enhanced compensation amount of Rs 5.9 lakh with 6% interest before the local court within four weeks. While the compensation under the head ‘loss of income’ has been doubled to Rs 9.2 lakh, the judge awarded Rs 50,000 under future marriage prospects, taking into account Ramesh’s plea that he would not be able to find a bride owing to his condition.
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