Published: July 25, 2020 1:49:26 am
FAMILY MEMBERS of writer-poet Varavara Rao, who has been behind bars since 2018 within the Elgaar Parishad case, have written Friday to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) stating they’ve been denied any info on the 80-year-old’s medical situation and the therapy being supplied to him at a non-public hospital the place he was shifted following the fee’s order final week.
Rao had tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week after he was shifted from Taloja Central Jail to the state-run JJ Hospital. The NHRC had on July 17 advisable that he be shifted to a super-speciality hospital for additional therapy, following which Rao was shifted to the Nanavati Hospital.
“Completely disregarding the NHRC directive, the household was not knowledgeable by both the hospital or jail authorities, a few head harm found on him upon arrival on the Nanavati Hospital. Consequently, we obtain no official updates from the hospital or the jail authorities and our consent isn’t taken for any of the crucial therapy that could be required to manage to him,” the letter states.
It additional states that denial of standard well being updates to the relations of an individual in judicial custody is “unconstitutional and a merciless and inhuman act”.
Rao’s relations, together with his spouse and three daughters, have additional urged the NHRC to intervene and direct the hospital and jail administrations to offer updates on Rao’s well being and line of therapy each six hours.
The NHRC had final week directed the state authorities and the jail officers to file their responses on the medical therapy being supplied to prisoners. The fee had additionally directed them to file a compliance report after shifting Rao to the ‘very best Covid hospital’.
The Bombay High Court had additionally sought responses from the state authorities and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the Elgaar Parishad case, final week on whether or not Rao’s relations may be given permission to go to him within the hospital. The matter, which was listed for listening to Thursday, had not come up on account of paucity of time.
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