National Human Rights commission report on Varavara Rao

By The Colourboard Desk

After the outrage of people around the corners of India demanding to save life of an 80 year old Poet and activist Varavara Rao whose health condition was deteriorating in Taloja Jail and the resultant shiting to JJ Hospital; his family who pleaded not to kill Varavara Rao in Jail, went to visit him in the Hospital, where they were shocked to find him in the pool of his own urine and there were no doctors attending him. They also said he couldn’t recognise them.

The national Human rights commission has received a complaint from Ms. Maja Daruwala, special monitor regarding the bad health condition of VV Rao.

Rao, has been lodged at the jail since arrested on 31st August 2018, as accused of making inflammatory speeches at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune a day prior to the Bhima koregao's 200 years anniversary which turned to be violent with attacks over the people and burning of their vehicles.

The commission directed to issue notices to Chief secretary and Director of general (prison), Maharashtra calling for a report in the matter. It also directed to constitute a medical board to examine health condition of Varavara Rao and to see whether he is getting appropriate treatment.

The commission mentioned that the board is expected to decide whether VV Rao should be admitted to government or private hospital for best treatment.

The commission also ordered that Rao is an under trail prisoner presently in the custody of the state, hence the expenditure of medical treatment of VV Rao should be borne by the state.

After he tested positive, Rao was shifted to St George Hospital for further treatment.


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