Local Indian governments pay compensation to relatives of fatal tiger attacks

My understanding of the attempts at Bengal tiger conservation, in at least parts of India, is that the local government pays compensation to the relatives or next of kin of a person who has been killed by a tiger. I will speculate that the purpose is to prevent retaliation attacks by the local people on the tiger. It appears that in some districts the local villagers have become tired of conservation efforts and want rid of the tigers. 

Tiger attack
Tiger attack at Chinese zoo. This is unconnected with the stories and the picture is here to
solely illustrate the page. Tiger attacks in the wild are rarely if ever photographed.

There are more tiger-human conflicts as the years go by because there are more people squeezing the amount of territory available for tiger reserves or they occupy land bordering tiger reserves or actually inside the reserves. All of which provokes confrontation.

Example 1

A tiger mauled to death a 15 year old girl, Shivpyari Vishwakarma, who was collecting flowers in the jungle of Gopalganj in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district. The local authority paid her father Rs (rupees) 10,000 which is USD$136. The report is from the Republicworld.com website.

Example 2

The West Bengal government paid Rs 2 lakh (USD $2,730) as compensation to the next of kin of a fisherman who was attacked by a tiger in the Sundarbans. In addition, they gifted one months' rations and clothes to the widow of the victim,  Sasanka Mondal. He had gone to catch crabs with two others in a canal near Sajnekhali range office. As soon as he got of the boat he was attacked and killed. The disparity in compensation must be due to valuing a female child must less than a man who is the primary earner in the family. There may also be differences between districts, states and municipalities.


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