Solid policy for rehabilitation of pellet victims needed: SHRC

Solid policy for rehabilitation of pellet victims needed: SHRC
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) granted three months to state government to apprise the commission about the rehabilitation of around 2000 pellet victims.
The commission observed that the government needs to frame solid and secure policy for the rehabilitation of pellet victims especially for those who have lost eyesight with little or no possibility of regaining vision.
“The damages caused to the eyes and the effect of pellet injuries which has also led to mental problems and overall the pellet injuries in other parts of body has pushed these victims to an unending state of crisis both psychologically and physically, what is government doing for their rehabilitation is needed at this point of time,” the commission ruled.
The commission observed that merely registering a case, issuing summons, hearing the parties has become routine with no bearing on the effective disposal of the cases.
“This is because of one substantial reason that apparently the government has not framed any policy insofar as the assistance/sustenance to the pellet victims can be considered from time to time.”
The commission was hearing the petition of Rayees Ahmed Bhat of Heevan Sheeri, Baramulla who was hit by pellets in his left eye during the unrest of 2016.
The petitioner was operated at SMHS hospital and has more than 30 percent damage to his left eye, as per the medical report. Till date no compensation or rehabilitation has been provided to the victim despite medical board of Baramulla having issued a disability certificate to him.