In the last few days, Monika More (16), the girl who lost her forearms after she came under a moving train while trying to catch it, has been visited by Mayor Sunil Prabhu from Shiv Sena, Chitra Wagh from NCP, Kirit Somaiya from BJP and many other political and government personalities. Buckling under political pressure, the Central Railway (CR) is going to alter the design of platform two at Ghatkopar railway station.

Graphic/Amit Bandre
Graphic/Amit Bandre

‘Her fault’
However, railway officials state that the basic fault lay with the girl, who tried to catch a moving train. In the footage of the incident captured by the CCTV cameras, Monika More is seen waiting at the CST-end of the platform in front of the middle entrance of the coach. When the train arrived, she didn’t board it initially. When the train started moving, she began running towards the front door instead of the rear one. In the process she fell in the gap, which falls beyond the point where the train halts, and slipped towards the tracks.

“We cannot directly give any compensation. The Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) will first study the incident based on the reports submitted by relevant authorities. They would then decide the compensation amount,” said a railway official. “She can approach the Prime Minister’s Office for compensation. We don’t have any power to release funds in such cases,” said another CR official. The maximum that the RCT can compensate is Rs 4 lakh for loss of both hands.”