NHRC requests ATR from Center, Odisha for widow of freedom fighter deprived of COVID care

The National Human Rights Commission on Monday requested a report on measures taken (ATR) from the Union Home Minister and Odisha’s Chief Secretary over a petition claiming the denial and the deprivation of basic human rights to Meera Devi, an 87-year-old sick person and widow of a freedom fighter from Bhadrak district in Odisha. The order was passed by the NHRC on Monday, following separate petitions filed by Supreme Court attorney and acclaimed human rights activist RadhakantaTripathy. The NHRC demanded reports from the two government authorities within four weeks.

RadhakantaTripathy’s claim

The human rights activist alleged that the Union Interior Minister had denied the freedom fighters’ pension to Meera Devi for more than two years on silly grounds. Tripathy stressed that the government had failed to recognize the plight of Meera Devi, who came from a family of freedom fighters. He noted that almost every member of Meera Devi’s family was a freedom fighter who was imprisoned and tortured by the British, moreover, her husband was a renowned freedom fighter from the Bhadrak district of Odisha.

The state apparatus failed to provide Meera Devi with free and appropriate health care when the elderly woman suffered from COVID in intensive care at AMRI Hospital in Bhuvaneshwar. Citing the event, Tripathy said: “Extremely saddened and deeply shocked by the willful neglect and inaction of the Odisha State Administration and the Ministry of Interior (MHA) of the Indian government.

Tripathy added: “I am compelled to explain the plight of Meera Devi, aged around 87, who is struggling for her survival with health complications and financial hardship. Such a shameless situation continues despite the fact that the problem is known to the State and to the central administration. “

Radhakant Tripathy talks about 600 border villages in Arunachal Pradesh

Earlier, the human rights activist filed a petition against the lack of livelihoods in the 600 villages on the border with China in Arunachal Pradesh. He said villages were deprived of basic amenities such as weather roads, clean water, Anganwadi centers, playgrounds, schools, health centers and avenues for physical activities and recreation. villagers. Following Tripathy’s petition, the National Human Rights Council ordered the Chief Secretary of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh as well as the Secretary of the Ministry of Interior (MHA) of the Government of India (GOI) to guarantee the basic human rights of six hundred villagers residing in India. -Chinese border of Arunachal Pradesh.

Input source – ANI

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Thelma J. Longworth

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