The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the chief secretary of Delhi, the city’s police commissioner as well as the chairman of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) over the death of a nine-year-old child.
On August 15, Saurabh Sharma was electrocuted when he touched a defective live switch box of the DJB inside a park in Badarpur. The NHRC issued the notices on the basis of media reports which claimed that though locals had informed officials concerns about the switch box being dangerous, no action had been taken. The commission has sought responses, in the form of factual reports, within two weeks. The NHRC observed that “the content of media reports, if true, raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim child”.
The commission has also asked the chief secretary to submit a report on the mechanism in place and guidelines issued for monitoring, proper maintenance of equipment and prevention of electrocution due to defective lines or defective equipment. The chairman of Delhi Jal Board has also been asked to submit a report on the action taken against the erring officials for ignoring the complaints made by the residents.