NHRC notice to Odisha on kidney racket

Bhubaneswar, Sep 15: Acting on a complaint filed by
Angul-based Human Rights Watch secretary Sangita Swain over a kidney racket , the
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the State
Government; calling for a response in four weeks. The notice, as per which the Health
Secretary and the Director General of Police (DGP) have been asked to report to
the commission about the action taken in the two cases where kidneys have been
taken away ‘illegally’ was issued on Saturday.
According to the complainant, many poor people in the State
had been compelled to sell their kidneys to save themselves from starvation and
had been further victimised by being imprisoned.
“A racket is operating in the State with the nexus with some
reputed private hospitals in the State for kidney theft. Padmini Nayak and Bulu
Behera are just two examples who have been victimized by the racket,” said the petitioner.
Seeking the commission’s intervention, the complainant urged
it to direct the police to submit an action taken report within four weeks.

She urged the commission to take up the issue seriously and
pay `50 lakh compensation to the victims.

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