Dh100,000 blood money for girl's school bus death

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Abu Dhabi - The blood money will be paid by the principal, bus driver and supervisor. Nazir added that he is considering taking the case to the civil court to claim further damages.

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Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Wed 21 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 3:01 PM

11 school bus incidents IN 11 years:October 2014: Four-year-old school girl Nizaha Ala'a dies of heat and
suffocation after being left unattended in her school bus in Abu Dhabi
February 2009: A four-year-old school girl dies after being hit by a school bus in Ras Al Khaimah
May 2009: Four-and-half-year-old girl Aiman Zeeshan dies of suffocation in an Abu Dhabi school bus after being left unattended
March 2008: A five-year-old girl dies on the spot after being run over by her school bus minutes after she got off the vehicle in Dubai
April 2008: A kindergarten student aged three falls off bus and dies after coming under a rear tyre in Al Ain
June 2008: A kindergartner of a Dubai-based school is dropped at the wrong stop by the bus conductor
June 2008: A bus driver leaves at least 25 children as young as four years by the roadside in Sharjah after the vehicle developed a snag
April 2008: A four-year-old dies in hospital after he was found unconscious in a school bus in Abu Dhabi
September 2005: Girl dies after being run over by school bus in front of her house in Ras Al Khaimah
September 2004: Two girls crushed to death after school buses run over them in separate accidents in Dubai
The family of four-year-old Nizaha Ala'a, who died due to suffocation aboard a school bus last year, will receive Dh100,000 in blood money as compensation, according to a court verdict on Tuesday.
Her father Nazir Ahmed, while speaking to Khaleej Times, said that he did not attend the Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation's hearing on Tuesday that upheld most verdicts issued by the Court of Appeals since, according to him, it was originally scheduled for October 28.
"I heard from the media that the Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation has in its final verdict ordered the school to pay Dh100,000. I cannot comment on this verdict. We respect it," he said.
The blood money will be paid by the principal, bus driver and supervisor. Nazir added that he is considering taking the case to the civil court to claim further damages.
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Earlier, the Court of Appeals had overruled the lower court's decision to close the school and had acquitted the school's supervisor and the bus company's owner. The school bus driver and attendant are currently serving six-month and one-year jail sentences each.
Nizaha was a KG1 pupil at Al Worood Academy Private School in Abu Dhabi when she died due to severe heat exhaustion after being left in the bus.
Following Nizaha's death, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) made major changes to the school bus transport system, including placement of cameras and sensors that can detect the presence of a child in the bus even after the engines have been shut down.
Exactly a year after Nizaha's death in 2014, the family was blessed with a baby girl on October 6 this year. "The director of Adec, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, visited us last week to see our baby girl and tell us that they had fulfilled the promises they had made to us," said Nizar.
"We have overcome our grief partly after the birth of our child, and we are happy to see the changes implemented. Even though we have lost our child, many other children will be saved from the same fate," he said.
asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com



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