04 December, 2020

Some Little People In A Big Fight

A few brave souls who have not let their misfortunes get the better of them

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Some Little People In A Big Fight
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This family was born after 59 people died. The grief over the deaths bonds its members. But what gives this collective its impetus is an unwavering, dogged determination to ensure that justice is done. It's what makes them a family, insist members of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), a group of 28 Delhi families who lost their loved ones in a fire caused due to negligence at the capital's Uphaar theatre in June 1997.

A fortnight ago, some six years later, the AVUT family's struggle and steadfast belief in justice won over the cynicism of our times. And the Delhi High Court—in an unprecedented ruling—directed the owners of the Uphaar theatre, along with civic authorities like the Delhi Vidyut Board, to pay the victims' kin compensation to the tune of Rs 17 crore, plus other damages amounting to over Rs 3.5 crore. "Let them appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court, we'll see them there. Also the criminal case against them is still on, we'll fight them to the finish," declares AVUT's Neelam Krishnamoorthy, who has attended over 1,000 hearings in...
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