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Government of India increases compensation for victims of tiger attack as deadly attacks increase

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A rise in tiger attacks across India has prompted the government to increase compensation rates for fatal attacks and permanent disability, with thousands of pounds being offered for insurance

The Indian government has had to increase compensation payments for victims of tiger attacks after a sharp rise in deadly attacks swept the country.

One state, Uttarakhand, has experienced three tiger attacks in as many days, worrying government officials who are now tasked with reforming its anti-tiger attack laws.

The latest increases in disbursement facilitation have seen a sharp surge, with officials agreeing to increase Rs lakh from four (£4,164) to five (£5,205) for fatal assaults.

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The increase for fatal assaults was not the only change Indian government officials have made, with an increase in disability pay being approved by the state government in Jaipur as well.

For those attacked by tigers and permanently incapacitated, the payout has increased from Rs lakh two (£2,082) to Rs lakh three (£3,123), marking a further increase amid a spike in tiger attacks.

Regarding the financial increase, an official said, “As the human-wildlife conflict is an unforeseen natural event and many families have suffered in the past, the government issued an order increasing the amount of aid.”

Even cattle losses have prompted a surge in financial payouts, with the government set to offer 25,000 rupees (£260) for the loss of a cow and 12,500 (£130) for goats and sheep.

Speaking on increasing cash payments for lost livestock, a government official said: “It was the need of the hour as cattle rates have risen and repeated hunting of pets by big cats increases the risk of revenge killings. ”

Just days ago, the Times of India reported three separate tiger attacks in which a 65-year-old woman was beaten to death by a “transformed” tiger.

Another man, a worker, was beaten to death on a construction road and a third, a 28-year-old forest warden, was attacked at the same spot and is reportedly in critical condition in hospital.

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