Farmers' Protest in Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recently issued a reminder with a warning for the failure of submission of reply by the Secretaries of Home, Agriculture, Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and the Chief Secretaries of (National Capital Territory) NCT of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh regarding the steps taken by the respective governments on resolving the issues of farmers.
It also sought response on following Covid-19 guidelines at the protest sites of the farmers at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghajipur borders of Delhi.
National Human Rights Commission passed the order acting on a petition filed by a noted human rights activist and Supreme Court lawyer, Radhakanta Tripathy.
Tripathy alleged that the condition of the farmers, including women, senior citizens, name-sake farmers, poor and marginalized ones, has been worsening day by day.
The adamant attitude of the governments and the protestors is responsible for the prolonging of the protest, especially when the pandemic situation prevails in the country, he said, adding that this was a case of human rights violation of the highest magnitude.
Known for his monumental selfless social work, Tripathy in the petition cited series of farmers' suicides, deaths, sexual harassment, Covid deaths, Covid situation at the protest site.
He also pointed out the issues of protesting farmers against the reforms introduced by the Central Government with respect to the current pandemic situation prevailing in the country.