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Update on February 25, 2013

Rights panel seeks report on Odisha starvation
death

(*starvation (भुखमरी) - a state of extreme
hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period.)

(By Indo
Asian News Service | IANS India Private Limited – Fri
22 Feb, 2013)

New
Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC)
Friday sought a report from district
magistrate of
Odisha's Sundargarh over the reported starvation death of an elderly man there in 2012.

A notice has been issued to the Sundargarh district magistrate seeking a report within
four weeks.

The
incident was reported in 2012.

"Reportedly, the man, aged 65
years, was residing in Chupkadadar village
of Sundargarh.
He was facing abject poverty and suffering from geriatric disease," a
statement from NHRC said.

According
to the rights panel, the man was dependent on forest produce as his land was
infertile. He had not been issued a BPL (below poverty line) card or an old age
pension.

"Allegedly,
he along with his wife had been approaching the administration for assistance
but without any results," it said, citing a media report was forwarded by
a local human rights activist seeking intervention of the commission.

My Prayer - Please don't let repeat this again.

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