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NHRC tells Rajasthan to explain Kota deaths

Sick children are undergoing treatment at a government-run hospital in Kota on Friday.

Sick children are undergoing treatment at a government-run hospital in Kota on Friday.   | Photo Credit: AP

Rights body wants State to file report within four weeks.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to the Rajasthan government in connection with the deaths of over 100 children at the government-run J.K. Lon hospital in Kota in December.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, the Commission issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, asking for a detailed report within four weeks.

‘Human rights violated’

"The Commission has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, raise serious issues of violation of human rights. The painful deaths of children in such a large number is a matter of concern for the Commission. The State is duty-bound to provide basic necessary medical care to its citizens," an NHRC statement said.

According to the reports, as many as 10 children died in just 48 hours between December 23 and 24, 2019 at the hospital.

Meanwhile, State Health Minister Raghu Sharma and Transport Minister Pratap Khachriya was on Friday were given a “warm welcome” by hospital officials, who rolled out a carpet for their visit.

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