Court orders W Construction to pay MVR 4.3 mln to Jian's family

The Civil Court has ordered W Construction Pvt Ltd to pay MVR 4.3 million to the family of Rawshan Jian, who died after a cement bag fell on her from a construction site being built by the company.

8-year-old Rawshan Jian died on December 17, 2019 after succumbing to her injuries while battling for her life in intensive care at state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital. Her family filed a case at the Civil Court, seeking MVR 17.4 million as compensation from the renowned construction company.

The family was represented in court by Public Interest Law Centre (PILC). A statement issued by the centre said the trial confirmed that Jian's death was caused by negligent acts by W Construction staff while fulfilling their official responsibilities. The firm said out of the MVR 17.4 million being sought by the family, the court said MVR 4.2 million must be paid by the construction company within two months.

Unhappy with the court's decision, PILC said it would appeal the case at the High Court if Jian's family wished to do so. However, the victim's family has not made a decision on the matter thus far.

The state prosecuted Managing Director of W Construction, Adam Shafeeq, Site Supervisor Moosa Hassan and four foreign workers who were working on the site at the time of the incident. The Criminal Court in 2019 convicted all but Adam Shafeeq. Two foreigners, Rajjaav Ali and Muthumani Ramachandhuran were sentenced to jail for six years and three years, two months and ten days respectively while the rest received a fine. Supervisor Moosa recieved a fine of MVR 115,200 while the employees who were involved in loading the cement bags to the winch sling, Kesharilal Chauhan and Gulam Mahamad were each fined MVR 7,200.