A woman has approached the Sindh High Court for recovery of money from her ex-husband which was paid as compensation over the death of her young son in the Baldia factory fire tragedy.
Farida’s son, Danish, was among those workers who perished in the fire at the garment factory, Ali Enterprises, on September 11, 2012.
The federal government, provincial government, factory owners and their foreign buyers had pledged monetary compensation for all the victims and survivors. Thus, a court-appointed commission distributed more than 0.6 million among the legal heirs of each victim. Farida told the judges that her husband, Liaquat Ali, had left her a few years ago. Since then, the children, including Danish, had been living with the mother.
According to her, after Danish’s death, her ex-husband submitted his claim with the compensation commission and received Rs500,000. She claimed that he only gave her one-sixth of the total amount, which is against the Shariah laws according to which a mother is entitled to one-third of the amount.
The applicant asked the court to order recovery of the compensation amount from her ex-husband. After the preliminary hearing on the plea, the bench headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, issued notice to Liaquat Ali with direction to the applicant’s lawyer to provide his residential address to the court within seven days.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2013.