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Shylaja lacks conscience: Dayabai

Social worker Dayabai in tears with Faizal on her lap at a satyagraha before the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.

Social worker Dayabai in tears with Faizal on her lap at a satyagraha before the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.   | Photo Credit: S. MAHINSHA

Munnani points out her presence at a similar stir in 2016

“The Minister lacks conscience and is cold-hearted,” social activist Dayabai said on Health and Social Justice Minister K.K. Shylaja’s remarks about the agitation by endosulfan victims, which entered the fourth day on Saturday.

Ms. Dayabai, who is on a hunger strike for the past four days, said the government’s reaction was along expected lines.

“There have always been attempts to suppress the movement alleging that the children were being ill-treated. But, who has the right to take decisions on behalf of the victims? Those who have never paid heed to their plight or those who never raised their voice when the victims’ mothers ran from one government office to another with their children in tow?”

“Many also travel from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram every three months for the treatment of victims at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. No one has bothered to establish a permanent facility in Kasaragod to provide the victims with specialised treatment,” she said.

 

Endosulfan Peeditha Janakeeya Munnani president Muneesa Ambalathara asked why Ms. Shylaja did not voice her concern at children being made “display objects” when she took part in the victims’ agitation in 2016.

She also scoffed at the Minister’s claim that the government was unaware of the agitators’ demands.

“The Minister (Ms. Shylaja) and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan were present at a three-hour meeting held a day ago. Ironically, they both had joined our agitation when we protested against the then government’s decision to restrict compensation among victims of 11 grama panchayats,” Ms. Muneesa said.

In a statement, the Endosulfan Samara Sahaya Samiti demanded that Ms. Shylaja apologise to the endosulfan victims for her comments.

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