National Women Commission comes into action after story of Himachal’s disabled village girl broke-out

SHIMLA– On Sunday, Himachal Watcher had published the agony of a 25-years-old girl, who has suffered severe mental and physical disability since her childhood. The remote location of her village, illiteracy, poverty, and inefficiency of government programs to reach such people in remote regions of the state kept her deprived of her right to access to health facilities and benefits under Government’s social-security schemes.

Taking note of the report published regarding her condition and plea of Ajai Shrivastva, chairman of Umang Foundation and a disability rights activist, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought report from the Himachal Pradesh Government on the human rights violation of a severely disabled girl. Anitu aka Nunu (25) living in a remote village near Rampur in district Shimla.

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Ajai Shrivastva told Himachal Watcher that the Tehsil Welfare Officer, Shashi Thakur, has already arrived at Anitu’s native village on Monday. On Tuesday, she will be taken to the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Zonal Hospital, Shimla (Rippon) where she will see a doctor for the first time in 25-years-old of her agonizing life. As she is never diagnosed before, it is uncertain whether she will be admitted or shifted to Nari Sewa Sadan.

Ms. Lalita Kumarmanglam, Chairperson of NCW, contacted Ajai Srivastava today morning from Delhi and informed him that the Commission has taken serious note on media reports pertaining to the pathetic condition of the girl.

I received a call from the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women and she acknowledged taking note of this grieve issue and appreciated Umang Foundation’s efforts,

said Mr. Shrivastva

According to Ajai Srivastava, Lalita Kumarmangalam said that the human rights violation stories from the remote areas very rarely come to the light. She lauded efforts of Umang Foundation for taking up the cause of the helpless women in hill state.

She further added that if the need arises, she would send a member of NCW for further investigation. She also asked him to send the inside stories of State Home for Destitute Women and other such Homes running in Himachal.

Two members of Umang Foundation including Mr. Shrivastva and an HW Community member had visited Anitu’ village on Nov 30, 2016 to hear the plea of Anitu’s elderly grandparents.

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