MCPCR wants minor hunger strikers given places at hospital wards

IMPHAL, August 16 (IFP): The Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has recommended the State government to declare some wards of JNIMS and RIMS as “Place of Safety” in consonance with the provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 without further taking into consideration the increasing number of juveniles participating in the ongoing agitations for ILPS in the state, particularly those juveniles who have joined “Indefinite hunger strike”.

In a statement, the commission said that the recommendation was necessitated in order to provide measures for saving lives of young hunger strikers through providing adequate emergency life saving medical arrangements, appropriate security and other essential services.

It said though, such juvenile hunger strikers, being the Juvenile in Conflict with Law, are supposed to be referred to observation homes, the commission has noted that the presently available observation homes in the state have neither adequate medical facilities nor the round the clock service of specialist doctors, which are quite essential for saving the lives of the hunger strikers in the critical health condition.

In this connection the MCPCR has submitted a recommending letter to the Chief Secretary of Manipur today, it continued.

It further informed that a team of MCPCR comprising of K Maharabi, Th Jaya and Ch Nabachandra has visited RIMS today and met all the five hunger striking juveniles who are kept for medical treatment there.


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