Indian Railways’ treatment of migrant labourers borders barbarism: NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday(May 28) bluntly told the Indian Railways that its treatment of migrant workers bordered around “barbarism” and one could understand bad weather delaying services but it is “hard to believe” that trains are reaching unexpected destinations and taking more than a week to reach its scheduled station.

Poor labourers cannot be treated in such an “inhuman manner just because they are poor and the government has paid for their tickets” and any “shortcoming on the part of the government agencies cannot be covered under the excuse of the unprecedented situation amid countrywide lockdown”, it said.

The NHRC’s strong comments came as it sought reports from the Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretaries of Gujarat and Bihar and Railway Board Chairman following reports of seven deaths in Shramik Special Trains due to hunger as well as one train from Gujarat’s Surat taking nine days to reach Bihar’s Siwan.

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