NHRC notice to the Union Home Secretary and Director, AIIMS, New Delhi over reported apathy towards a Jawan of CRPF injured in a Naxal attack (26.03.2018)

PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi, 26th March, 2018
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that a Jawan of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been forced to carry his intestine in a polythene bag wrapped around his waist for the last four years as despite running from pillar to post to he has not got the required assistance for the costly treatment. He has made several visits to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi but has not been provided proper treatment. He was injured in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district in 2014.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, amount to the gross violation of the Right to Dignity and Medical Care of the victim. Reportedly, the Jawan survived even after hit by seven bullets on his body but apparently fell prey to apathy of the administration. Such incidents of alleged negligence on the part of the authorities may lower the morale of the soldiers.

Accordingly, the Commission has issued a notice to the Union Home Secretary calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. The Commission has also called for the comments of the Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi on the status of the treatment of the injured victim.

According to the media report carried on the 24th March, 2018, the Jawan, Manoj Tomar, has served in the CRPF for 16 years and even has served as an SPG Commando. In the Naxal attack in 2014, he lost vision in one eye after the injury; he could never recover completely as a portion of his intestine remained outside his stomach. Since then, he has been forced to carry his intestine in a polythene bag tied to his waist. The victim has reportedly expressed his anguish asking as to what is the meaning of his being alive like this, as he is no different from his fellow colleagues who were killed in the attack.

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