By Beatrice Thomas
Pakistani man suffered severe brain damage during a brutal attack in Bahrain three years ago
A Pakistani man who suffered severe brain damage during a brutal attack in Bahrain three years ago could finally get BD50,000 ($131,836) compensation from the government, according to a top official.
A gang of 10 men attacked Irfan Ahmad Bakhsh Muhammad with metal rods and wooden planks in March 2011 before severing his tongue, the Gulf Daily News reported.
The construction worker and part-time prayer caller is still in a vegetative state at the BDF Hospital.
His brother Ghulam Nabi, who has been waiting to receive compensation from the government, had earlier been reported as saying he had lost all hope.
However, Bahrain's courts director Mohammed Bucheery has confirmed Muhammad's family could get the government compensation within the next two months.
"This case is complicated and we are still working on it," he told the newspaper.
"We have paid the people who died during the unrest and each family received BD60,000. We haven't finalised and signed documents, but Muhammad’s relatives could get approximately BD50,000 as compensation.
“We are trying to push this matter and trying to work on this case very closely. Nothing is finalised yet, but we are hoping to finish everything by next month or early April.
"We have contacted all the authorities and compiled a report on Muhammad's case, which was submitted to senior officials."
Doctors have said Muhammad's condition was unlikely to improve.
The newspaper had earlier reported that a BD10 million fund was set up in March 2012 to compensate people affected by the unrest, attracting more than 6,000 claims from civilians in its first 24 hours of opening.
Cases included incidence of murder, abduction, assault, sexual harassment, medical negligence and psychological trauma.
Shame on Bahrain, very sad to hear this is the level of compensation for such a horrific crime. I lived and loved Bahrain and now feel ashamed that I had any respect for such a place that would advocate this level of compensation for such a heinous crime.
While the crime is horrible, in 99% of countries victims of crime do not receive any compensation. Including the UK.
I think it is generous and a gesture of goodwill from Bahrain to give anything at all.
Shame on Bahrain? if this happened in the west the family have would of got nothing! This horrific crime was committed by thugs not the government. Irfan has been given the best possible medical care free of charge by the government. So i really do not see any shame falling on Bahrain. Thoughts are with Irfan family and I hope these thugs get there own.