Sunday, June 09, 2013

Malnutrition death of weaver and non functional Anganbadi at Bazardiha of Varanasi

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Date: Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Subject: Malnutrition death of weaver and non functional Anganbadi at Azardiha of Varanasi
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New Delhi.

Greetings from PVCHR.
I,Anand Nishad and Brijesh Pandey of PVCHR visted Aganwadi in Bazardiha area.And Anand shared the photos(as attachment) and follow comment:

कल मैंने वाराणसी जिले के बजरडीहा क्षेत्र के आंगनबाडी केन्द्र का विजित करने गया था ,जहा पर दो बच्चे भूख व कुपोषण से दम तोड़ दिए थे | केन्द्र के भवन की स्थिति देखने से स्पष्ट हो रहा कि बच्चें मौत के मुहाने पर खड़े है जैसा कि फोटो 1 में दिखाई दे रहा है कि जिस कमरे में आंगनबाडी केन्द्र चलता है उस कमरे में जाने के लिए घर के इस गलियारे से हो कर बच्चों को हो कर जाना पड़ता है और इस गलियारे में नुकीले -नुकीले बुनकर का चरखा लगा है , कोई बच्चा इस पर गिर जाए तो उसकी जान नहीं बच सकती |
फोटो 2 से स्पष्ट हो रहा कि यह एक जर्जर भवन था जो बच्चों की छुट्टी हो के एक घंटे बाद इसका छत गिर गया | यही घटना अगर एक घंटे पहले हुयी होती तो आप समझ सकते है क्या हो सकता था |
ऐसी व्यवस्था छोटे मासूमो के साथ क्यों |

he tragic incident of hunger deaths in Bazardiha is a sad reminder of the prevailing harsh economic realities of a region and therefore the case of Abdul Khaliq's family should not be taken as an isolated development, there are hundreds of families which are forced to live under similar poor economic conditions. This region urgently requires special development programmes targeting poverty to be launched jointly by the central and state government. Comprehensive efforts should be made to empower those reeling under abject poverty especially the weaving community in this region.
This would not only provide an opportunity for the weaving community to live with dignity but it would also honour in real sense their hard work and artistic abilities which created and kept alive the fame of Banarasi Sari all over the world.
Thanks to Parul Sharma and 200 Swedish donors for first support of ten thousand to Family through Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi,( Founder and managing trustee of PVCHR.  
"Some people are spreading misleading information that the children died of diarrhea but that is not true. These children died of hunger and malnutrition," said Shruti.
Shruti, head of a human rights organisation, working among weavers in Varanasi says that Naazra had an Above Poverty Line (APL) card. However, soon after the death of her two children, the district administration lost no time to issue her a BPL card. The Weaver Card will enable her to avail the benefits of welfare schemes.
Questioning the 'benevolence' of the district administration, Shruti said, "If the family was not under extreme poverty and malnutrition, why have they been given a BPL card, Weaver Card and food grains? How can the district administration claim that the two children died of the disease when the post mortem of the bodies was not conducted?"
She maintained that the Naazra family suffered from extreme poverty and malnutrition. Whatever little Naazra earned as a saree weaver, went in purchasing foodgrains. The family was dependent on doles from neighbours, but the financial condition of neighbours was also not good.
उत्तर प्रदेश के बनारस में नजरा खातून के दो बच्चे भूख से मर गए। आखिर कब तक भूख से देश में मौत होती रहेगी... इसी पर बड़ी खबर में चर्चा... Thanks Shruti for great intervention. Keep fight against hunger and malnutrition
While one member of the family, Nazia Parveen had high fever at that time but they did not consider it important to give medicine to get relief.  When the regional officer was contacted on phone by a member of PVCHR in this regard, he replied that while coming from CMO's office, he would deliver the medicines. After 2 pm in the afternoon, the social activists of PVCHR took Nazia to a private hospital nearby for the treatment where on the advice of the doctor, X-Ray and blood tests of Nazia were done. Nazia had been complaining of high fever and cough. On the basis of doctor's prescription Nazia was given paracetamol, anti-biotic and energy related medicines.

Please ensure the appropriate action to ensure the right of children of marginalized communities in Bazardiha of Varanasi in UP.

With regards,
Shruti Nagvanshi
Managing Trustee
SA 4/2 A, Daulatpur, Varanasi-221002


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