Maha Govt pulled up for tribal girl`s death in ashramshala
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 23:21
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday pulled up the Maharashtra government over the death of a ten-year-old tribal girl due to weakness and lack of blood in a state-run ashramshala in Dahanu taluka.

A division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A M Khanwilkar has directed the state government to explain the reason for the girl's death and to submit an action taken report within a week.

The High Court had on the last hearing directed the state and central government to initiate departmental action against those officers responsible for the poor condition in ashramshalas.

The court had taken suo-moto cognizance of the deaths of five children between September and October 2007 in government-run asharamshalas at Dahanu in Thane district.

The court was today informed that on September 19, the body of Vaishali Merya (10) was found near her school in Talasari. A medical officer had stated that the reason for Vaishali's death was "weakness and deficiency of blood".

The court today, however, observed that a child cannot suddenly die due to weakness and lack of blood without previous illness.

"It is expected of the state government to look after adivasi children and ensure that their fundamental rights are protected," the bench observed.

In the reply, the government will also have to clarify the allegations levelled regarding siphoning of funds meant for tribal welfare.

An inquiry conducted by the CBI after the death of the five children, into the quality of food served at the ashramshalas has revealed that the foodgrains were infested with insects, larvae and rat excreta.

The CBI has filed chargesheet against four officers on September 10 this year, for procuring foodgrains for the ashramshalas without following the established procedure.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 23:21

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