NCHRO Condemns Rights Violations in the Name of Lock down
April 01, 2020
National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations(NCHRO) has said that the COVID – 19 lock out all over India has created lot of problems and rights violations everywhere. The lockout is declared without giving prior notice or making any alternate arrangements and without providing transport facilities for the workers and their families working in the cities. The poor and downtrodden people working in the in the cities of India are forced to walk hundreds of miles towards their native places carrying heavy luggage and their children on their heads and shoulders. In the first few days of this exodus about twenty people have died in road accidents and also due to hunger and thirst .
People had to rush to the shops to purchase groceries, medicines and other necessary items for their daily life. And surprisingly the police are seen in many parts of the country beating people who came to purchase essentials. Thousands of cases had also been registered against the people in the name of violation of the lockout rules. And People are shocked to see some visuals in which the health workers are seen spraying some chemicals on the poor people as if they were not human beings. In some states the police are giving ad hoc punishment to even old men for breaking the rules. These are all gross violations of human rights and against the fundamental dignity of the citizens.
The law enforcing authorities are not to behave like that, as they are appointed to protect the rights of the citizens as defined in the constitution. It may be brought to the attention of the authorities that the Supreme Court and High Courts all over India have suspended work till April 14. Even the functions of the district courts have also been restricted. The police are not expected to India take law into their hands and use the occasion to involve in human rights violations.
NCHRO condemns such gross violation of the rights of the citizens who are already in distress due to retrenchment and lockdown. The Supreme Court and High Courts should take suo moto cognizance of such violations and take necessary action against the forces involved in such illegal acts.