Hours after Hindustan Times reported how students from three villages of Karauli district had to cross the bridgeless Bhainsavat river on inflated tyres during the rains, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Rajasthan government.
The commission took suo motu cognizance of the report: ‘Their road to school is across the river on a tube ’ published in HT on September 23, which highlighted the plight of 83 children — the youngest lot barely 11 years old — from Machet, Sevachin ka Pura and Madho Singh ka Pura villages put their lives to risk daily to go to school in absence of a bridge over the seasonal river.
Normally a dry river, the Bhainsavat overflows every monsoon and is on an average 15-foot deep. The residents of the villages have been demanding a bridge for long and have submitted several memorandums, but in vain.
The NHRC on Friday observed that the contents of the HT report “raised a serious issue relating to right to life and dignity of the people residing in the area.”
“It impacts the right to education of children. Patients in need are also not able to get optimal health care on time. Because of the inaction of the state administration, the lives of the innocent people are being exposed to danger,” the NHRC observed.
The commission said it was an indication of an insensitive approach adopted by the administration and gave the government four weeks to respond.