NHRC takes suo motu notice of Dalit discrimination in Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi, May 6 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a news report published in two parts in The Hindustan Times on May 5 and 6 under the title “Apartheid” alleging how dalit kids are being discriminated against in four districts - Jhabua, Sheopur, Katni and Ujjain of Madhya Pradesh.
The report has also alleged that health workers in these districts avoid Dalit hamlets and examine women without touching them.
The Commission in its proceeding said, the report, if true, raises serious issue of violation of human rights of Dalits and has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh seeking his comments on the report within four weeks.
The Commission is also deputing its investigation team to visit the places mentioned in the reports to conduct an on the spot inquiry. The team will submit its report to the Commission within four weeks.