Governor orders probe into Mashobra Nari Sewa Sadan human rights violation case

SHIMLA- Taking note of recent allegation 0f exploitation of two mentally unwell inmates of the Nari Sewa Sadan at Mashobra in Shimla, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Kalyan Singh, has ordered a high level inquiry into this matter pertaining to “gross violation of human rights”.

In a communiqué from Raj Bhawan to the Additional Chief Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, Governor was asked to associate Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation, with the inquiry and file the report along with action taken report within a period of one month.

Ajai Srivastava had alleged that two mentally sick female inmates were deputed with a mentally sick AIDS patient, an inmate of the Nari Sewa Sadan, while she was admitted in Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital from 28th April to 11th May. These inmates were forced to work as 24×7 maids and they cleaned the bed-ridden AIDS patient with naked hands without knowing anything about AIDS.


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When the matter was brought to public domain on May 11 2015, the same morning one mentally sick attendant was immediately called back. Now the AIDS patient has also been discharged from the hospital.

Ajai Srivastava had urged the government to order an inquiry in to the matter terming it as a “gross violation of human rights of mentally sick inmates.”

He also alleged that some undercover operation was going on to hush-up the matter. Therefore, he requested the Governor to order a high level inquiry.

Presently, there are 30 female inmates at present in the government shelter home for destitute women. Out of them, about 25 are mentally sick. There are two foreign nationals including one from Europe and other from Nepal. They were forced to live in hell-like conditions. Ajai Srivastava has welcomed the inquiry ordered by the Governor and hoped that now justice will be done.

The Shimla NGO has been constantly raising the issue of blatant human rights violations of destitute women inmates of Nari Sewa Sadan.

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However, considering the attitude and concern of HP government, it’s hard to conceive any ray of hope for justice with these helpless and mentally disabled women, caged like cattle inside a shelter that is in pathetic condition.

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