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NHRC Issues Notice After 57 Minor Girls Found COVID-19 Positive in UP Shelter Home

Among the infected girls 5 of them are pregnant and one is HIV positive.

The NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) has issued a notice to Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), UP, after 57 minor girls were found to be COVID-19 positive at a state-run shelter home in Kanpur.

Among the infected girls 5 of them are pregnant and one is HIV positive.

According to the reports, the girls had been exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms for quite some time but there was a delay in taking them for tests to the hospital.

In a statement given by NHRC, they said that the commission has taken a suo motu cognizance of media reports that 57 minor girls tested positive for noval coronavirus at the state-run children’s shelter home in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

In a notice issued by the Commission to the UP Director General of Police, they have asked for a report regarding the registration of an FIR in this matter and the status of investigation.

Also, in the notice issued to the UP Chief Secretary, the Commission has asked for a detailed report on the health status, medical treatment and counselling of the girls.

NHRC has also observed, “the contents of the media report, if true, are enough to prima facie believe that the public servants have failed to provide safeguard to the victim girls and apparently were negligent in protecting their right to life, liberty, and dignity in the custody of the state”.

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