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NHRC seeks report from UP Govt on Suicides

Posted by Ramoo on January 26, 2007…

New Delhi, Jan 25: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday asked the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to submit a report within four weeks on the media reports over alleged suicides of poor people in Bundelkhand area.

Taking cognizance of a news report which stated that farmers were committing suicide in the area, the commission said, “the contents of the press report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights of the poor people and in particular, the farmers of Bundelkhand area of Uttar Pradesh”.

The news report had highlighted that Bundelkhand area which has been witnessing drought-like conditions for the last four years is reporting suicidal deaths.

The report also said that the area was declared drought-hit only in the year 2004-05 following more than 50 per cent crop loss in the seven districts of Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda and Chitrakoot.

Bureau Report

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