Based on information received from NGO `Sahyog - Support in Development', Hong-Kong based voluntary agency Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has issued an international online alert about death of 28 more children in the Sheopur and Shivpuri districts.
AHRC has an advisory status with the United Nations.
Most of the dead children reportedly belong to the primitive Saharia tribe and the deaths are being attributed to malnutrition and diseases related to it. These deaths have occurred in month of September and October in continuation with the 23 deaths in the same area, Uma Chaturvedi of Sahyog said while talking to HT.
HT had reported the 23 deaths in September after which the state government had swung into action. The women and child development minister Ranjana Baghel and chief secretary R Parasuram had both visited the area and several decisions including opening of day care centres online of nutrition rehabilitation centres (NRCs) at anganwadi level were taken.
However, news of deaths of children due to diarrhoeal diseases apparently worsened by malnutrition have continued to pour in, Chaturvedi said.
AHRC that had issued an alert in month of September too, has again issued a fresh alert, urging people to different state and national level authorities to demand immediate intervention to eradicate hunger and malnutrition from the area.
The AHRC is also writing a separate letters to the the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate food and the Advisory Committee on the right to food, UN Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India calling for an intervention in the case.
Commissioner of women and child development Manohar Agnani said that he has no information about the fresh deaths as being claimed by the NGO yet. He added that the department is already intently focussing on the issue.