UP kids being mortgaged due to starvation; NHRC issues notice
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to UP Chief Secretary and Lalitpur DM in Bundelkhand region to submit a detailed report into the allegations that some families have sold or mortgaged their children for a small sum of money for their survival.
There were reports of severe drought in Lalitpur district and a number of cases of starvation have been outlined over the months, resulting in children being mortgaged or sold, the commission said in a press statement here today.
The state government and the DM Lalitpur have been given four weeks' time to submit a report on the charges. The Commission has also directed its Director General (Investigation) to send a team for an on-the-spot investigation into these extremely serious allegations and submit a report within two weeks.
The Commission took cognisance of the issue on the basis of a complaint which also carried a number of news clippings on the plight of poor people including those belonging to Saharia tribe in the district.
(Posted on 08-05-2014)