After hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) over inhuman living conditions of tribals residing near Mandu in Dhar, an Indore bench of High Court has issued a notice to top officials of various concerned departments.
The bench has given four weeks time to the principal secretaries of department of public health and family welfare, rural administration and development, Madhya Pradesh road development corporation ltd, managing director of MP paschim kshetra vidyut vitaran co. ltd and to the city commissioner and collector of Dhar to respond to the PIL.
Filed by tribals of the area, the PIL brings into the court’s notice the lack of medical facility, unavailability of roads and other basic amenities in the area.
As per the PIL, four pregnant ladies have died on their way to hospitals in 2013, which throws light on the lack of basic medical facilities in the area. A woman named Kusum recently delivered her child on the way to the hospital but unfortunately the child couldn’t be saved.
One 75-year-old Hagariya was suffering from Typhoid and villagers took him to the hospital 4 km away from the village by using bed sheets, the PIL states.
“These two people Kusum and Hagariya filed the PIL. The court has issued notice to seven respondents and sought answers,” said Shanno Shagufta Khan, the advocate of the petitioners. As per the PIL, there are approximately 35,000 tribals living in six villages in Mandu district namely Ambapura, Ratitalayi, Bhatkala, Bandhav, Pipladiya and Malipura.
However, the residents of the area have only two options in terms of medical facilities —Mandu Hospital and Nalsa Hospital.
This two hospitals are approximately at a distance of 4 to 13 km from these villages that register no less than 8 to 10 medical emergency cases every month.