KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has asked the Sindh government to consider paying the full compensation amount to rape survivor Kainat Soomro on humanitarian grounds. On Saturday, Justice Maqbool Baqar was hearing a plea seeking payment of Rs500,000 as announced by the Sindh chief minister in August 2010. The Sindh finance department has only paid Rs300,000 to the petitioner, stated Faisal Siddiqui, Soomro’s lawyer. He appealed to the court to pass orders to the finance secretary to pay the remaining compensation. On the court’s earlier direction, a report was called from the finance department to explain why the amount was reduced. Additional Advocate General Shafi Muhammad Memon requested the court to grant more time. Adjourning the hearing, the court directed the provincial law officer to submit the report by September 18.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2012.