Branding of children: NHRC sends notice to Guj gov
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Last Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011, 22:21
New Delhi: The NHRC has issued notice to Gujarat government on alleged branding of children with hot metals in Kutch and Rajkot districts.

The notice came after NHRC took suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging that children in Vagad region of Kutch District and some remote parts of Rajkot District in Gujarat were branded with iron rods, heated nails, wires and incense sticks in the belief that this way they will be cured of their afflictions and diseases.

Most of the victims of this practice are children upto 15 years of age, the NHRC said quoting reports.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if, true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights of children.

"A notice has been issued to the Chief Secretary, the Government of Gujarat calling for a report. He has been asked to inform where such inhuman custom is prevalent in the state and what remedial steps have been taken by the administration to stop it," an NHRC spokesperson said.

According to the media report, the spokesperson said, this inhuman and cruel medieval custom of branding a child is prevalent in this region for ages.

"A child already suffering from ailments is subjected to branding more than once which only increases their pain. This practice leaves permanent physical and psychological scars on their young minds," he added.


First Published: Friday, December 23, 2011, 22:21

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