NHRC issues notices to the Chief Secretary, UP and DMs, Muzaffarnagar & Shamli on allegations of children's death due to cold in relief camps
New Delhi, 26th December, 2013
The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that at least 40 children died in UP riot relief camps due to extreme cold. It is also reported that there were not enough blankets for the inmates of these camps resulting in the death of infants and young children in Malakpur, Suniti, etc. in Shamli district and Loi, Joula, etc. in Muzaffarnagar district.
The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of infants and children and issued the notices to the Chief Secretary and District Magistrates of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh calling for a report within four weeks.
Reportedly, the tents are set up with three sheets of tarpaulin that makes the walls and no cover for the entrance, therefore, some blankets are to be tied together to cover the entrance. Most of the dead children were below 5 years age.
Link of the complain: http://www.pvchr.net/2013/12/at-least-40-children-dead-as-up-riot.html