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12 deaths at state-run home for special persons: HC issues another notice to Vasundhara Raje govt

The order came in response to a PIL filed Tuesday by local residents Hemant Bhai Goyal and Vijay Goyal.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur |
May 5, 2016 7:30:57 am

The Rajasthan High Court has issued another notice to the state government over the death of 12 inmates of Vimandit Griha, a state-run rehabilitation home for persons with special needs, over a period of 10 days last month.

The order came in response to a PIL filed Tuesday by local residents Hemant Bhai Goyal and Vijay Goyal.

Prior to this, the high court had taken suo motu cognizance of the deaths, and had asked the state government for an explanation. The court is set to hear the matter on Thursday.

The latest petition alleges “gross negligence” on the part of the state government.

“Previously, this centre was situated at Sethi Colony (within Jaipur). However, few months back the same has been shifted to an associated place at Jamdoli, though it is required that mentally Challenged Children should be kept close to community as per Section-10 of National Trust For Welfare Of Persons With Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retartdation Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999,” the petition said.

Between 2010-2013, the petition alleges, 26 children at the home died and 138 fell ill.

The court issued notices to Jaipur collector, Commissioner for specially-abled persons, chairperson of the State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, Principal Secretary (social justice and empowerment) and the Union health secretary.

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