NHRC sends notice to C'garh as patients sleep on floor

No beds provided to women in sterilisation camp

The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued notice to the Chhattisgarh government after women patients who attended a sterilisation camp were forced to sleep on the floor.

According to reports, a sterilisation camp was organised in Dhaneli Kanhar in Kanker district. After the operation, the women were not provided with beds and had to sleep on the floor.

Some beds were later arranged only after the media reported the matter.

The women also had to wait for hours as the doctors arrived late.

“The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of right to health and dignity of the women,” the NHRC said.

“Taking suo motu cognisance of the report, we have issued notice to the chief secretary of the state and district magistrate, Kanker, calling for a report within two weeks,” it said.

Report sought

The NHRC also sought a report from the Chhattisgarh government over the alleged incident of teachers beating and rusticating some government school children.

Taking suo moto cognisance of media reports, the NHRC said the teachers called the class 10 students “Naxalites” and physically assaulted them with slippers before rusticating them for 10 days.

The incident took place in Kendriya Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Barsoor area of Dantewada district following a quarrel between two groups of students that infuriated the teachers, who then took the extreme step.

“The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise serious issue of human rights violation of the students. A notice has been issued to the district magistrate of Dantewada,” the NHRC said in a statement.

Notice to UP Police

Taking note of reports that Uttar Pradesh Police were not serious about investigating the physical assault and torture of an RTI activist, the NHRC issued notice to the force.

Seeking a reply within two weeks, the NHRC issued notices to the director general of police, Uttar Pradesh and senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

The commission has taken suo moto cognisance of a media report that Right to Information activist Anoop Singh was abducted from Dankaur town in Gautam Budh Nagar district (Noida) and was also tortured.

“His private parts were burnt with cigarette butts and he was beaten with hot iron rods before being dumped in a neighbouring district four days after his abduction on December 13,” said the NHRC.

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