The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that the state government has made several statements that they promised to ensure Right to Food, Shelter and Livelihood for the poor people and have been working on issues relating to labourers and labour laws but this heartbreaking incident shows work inefficiency of them.
NHRC issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on 23 August over the death of a five-year-old girl, who died due to starvation in Agra. This incident took place in NaglaVidhichand village of Barauli Aheer block where a five-year-old girl, Sonia, reportedly died of hunger.
NHRC observed in a media report that showed that the girl allegedly died due to starvation and illness as the family was unable to provide her with good food and medical attention. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that the state government has made several statements that they promised to ensure Right to Food, Shelter and Livelihood for the poor people and have been working on issues relating to labourers and labour laws but this heartbreaking incident shows work inefficiency of them.
They demanded a detailed report from Government within 4 weeks. The report should also include details about the relief and rehabilitation provided to the family by the administration and the action taken against the officials. The chief secretary is also expected to issue directions to all the authorities to ensure that such incidents of negligence do not recur in future.
According to the commission, the girl lost her life, as the breadwinner of the family is suffering from tuberculosis and is bedridden. The family not only is financially poor but also they belong to reservation category, and several special financial schemes are already announced by state and central government for their benefit, but they didn’t get any financial help.
They termed this incident as a serious issue of violation of human rights due to gross negligence by the local administration. The family was unemployed for over a month and in recent weeks was without food.
Reportedly, many families in the locality did not possess a ration card. The girl had become weak and was down with fever for three days. She could not bear the pain and died on Friday night. NHRC also added the local authorities reportedly did nothing to help the family like securing food in the lockdown-induced crisis. The District Administration has said it will find out where things went wrong and they have taken cognizance of the matter and an investigation has been ordered into the child’s death.
The Agra administration said that the cause of the death of the child is diarrhea and fever, and not of hunger. They also claimed that they gave 100 kilo grams of ration to the family.
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