• Snehal, a medical student, received the Covishield vaccine on Jan. 28, 2021
  • Hospitalized due to extreme nausea, she died a month later on March 1
  • Father demands compensation from Indian government and vaccine manufacturer

A man in India has filed for a hefty compensation alleging that his daughter, who was a medical student, died due to side effects from the Covid vaccine.

The petitioner, Dilip Lunawat is a resident of Aurangabad, a city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. He complained that his 33-year-old daughter, Snehal received the Covishield vaccine on Jan. 28, 2021, and died a month later on March 1, 2021, due to the side effects from the jab.

Lunawat filed a petition against the state, the Union authorities, and the Serum Institute of India (SII) that manufactures the Covishield vaccine, demanded a compensation of around $134 million (INR 10,000 million), as reported by Free Press Journal.

In the plea, Lunawat alleged that his daughter took the jab after she was made to believe that it was completely safe, and posed no risk or threat to her health. She "was, therefore, compelled to take the vaccine at the college since she was a health worker," Lunawat said.

A week after receiving the vaccine, Snehal reportedly developed a migraine and was admitted to a hospital on Feb.7, 2021, after experiencing extreme nausea. The doctors diagnosed her with venous sinus thrombosis which was followed by an intracranial brain hemorrhage. After undergoing clot removal surgery, Snehal remained on the ventilator for two weeks before she succumbed to death, Live Law reported.

"The Petitioner lost her elder daughter, who was just 33 years old. His loss can neither be explained in words nor can be compensated in terms of money," the plea read.

Meanwhile, Lunawat claimed the AEFI committee (Adverse Event Following Immunization), a government agency responsible for investigating vaccine-related instances, evaluated her daughter's death and ruled it as a death due to the side effects of the Covishield vaccine on Oct.2, 2021.

"This petition is being filed to give justice to my daughter and in order to save the life of many more people who are likely to be murdered due to such unlawful activities of respondent authorities," the grieving father said.

Following Lunawat's complaint, the Serum Institute, the vaccine manufacturer, responded in an email stating that the Covishield vaccine does not cause thrombosis or any other cardiovascular events. "In any large immunization campaign, such coincidental events and deaths do occur. They are not caused by the vaccine but are actually a part of the background rate of events," the company said.

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