MP human rights body puts onus on hostel wardens

  • Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2015 15:27 IST

The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) in a letter to the state higher education department said that the wardens of students’ hostels would be held responsible for atrocities meted out to students.

In the letter-- a copy of which is with Hindustan Times--the MPHRC said that if a student commits suicide or dies, the state government will be liable to pay compensation to the family of the deceased.

Earlier compensation could not be paid as the state-run educational institutes did not have any provision in their budgets, said commission secretary Vinod Kumar.

“The commission has directed state-run education institutes to make a provision in their budgets to pay compensation within one month to the family of the victims,” he said.

The commission, in the letter said that compensation will also be provided to the victims in case of human rights violations.

Sources said that officials do not take responsibilities, saying that they have not shown any carelessness in their duties.

The rights commission has also written a similar letter to jail administrations across the state for custodial deaths, some of them said.

The state directorate of higher education has forwarded the commission’s letter to the principals of government colleges across the state to ensure that the new directives are implemented, said NC Tekam, the additional director (finance) of the directorate.

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