Jaipur: In order to protest and show solidarity towards the death of 12 mentally challenged students and raise their concern over the 194 inmates at Jamdoli mental house, saddened Persons with Disabilities, professionals and parents assembled this morning at Pink City Press Club where they addressed a Press Conference. Former Women and Child Minister and Activist was also present along with several other social workers.
The jointly demanded that the remaining 194 children should be brought back to the previous location at Sethi Colony for their easy accessibility, social interaction in community and proper care and education. They also urged that minimum guidelines formed by National Trust (Min of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India) should be followed in all MR Homes and alleged that present home covers merely 10 percent of the prescribed norms.
Disabled Children Show Support:
Social workers along with the experts conducted an accessibility survey to check the facilities at the centre and it was found that the home lacks mandatory things such as ratio of toilet to the number of children, lack of physiotherapist, poor ratio of staff and children etc. Other Mentally Disabled Children who were also present in the conference supported the cause.
Former WCD Minister and Child Right Activist Bina Kak said, “Kids should be shifted as soon as possible. There is a huge possibility of sexual abuse and other irregularities if a campus for such specially abled children is running from a remote area”. While criticizing the present Govt the team of social workers said that the Govt formed team should include an experienced member who is disable himself or a parent of a disable child for a transparent enquiry report.
The Case So Far:
It is to be noted that few days ago 12 mentally disabled children died of septic shock in Jaipur’s JK Lone Hospital and SMS Hospital due to bacterial infection and contamination of water. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also took a suo motu cognizance of media reports. The commission has observed that the contents of the reports, if true, raise a serious issue of human rights violation of the victim children.
A team of experts was deputed from the Union Ministry of Health and Family welfare to set an external enquiry into this matter. Before a state level team was formed to investigate into the cause behind these mysterious deaths.