INDIA: Man dies of adverse medicine reaction due to lack of food in Kushinagar

INDIA: Man dies of adverse medicine reaction due to lack of food in Kushinagar

Mr. Tilangi Mushhar, age 40, died on March 11, 2005 due to complications from taking medicine on an empty stomach. Tilangi, a landless daily wage labourer employed by a brick kiln in Kushinagar, earned approximately Rs. 40/- per day with the help of family members. He was married and had three sons and two daughters, all under the age of 15. The family lives in a small hut and is illiterate, as was Tilangi. Read more about INDIA: Man dies of adverse medicine reaction due to lack of food in Kushinagar

INDIA: Municipal employees starving and sick in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh

INDIA: Municipal employees starving and sick in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh

The Social Development Foundation (SDF) reports that Suddhu Rawat, aged 43, and his family are living in appalling conditions due to the nature of his employment. Mr. Rawat can no longer support his family and, his wife and eldest son (aged 18) have needed to find employment. Nonetheless, the family is struggling against hunger and malnutrition and the children don’t have finances to attend school. Read more about INDIA: Municipal employees starving and sick in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh

INDIA: UNICEF still avoiding responsibility in providing assistance to starving women and children in West Bengal

INDIA: UNICEF still avoiding responsibility in providing assistance to starving women and children in West Bengal

On April 8, 2005, two staff members from Unicef’s Kolkata office met with Mr. Kirity Roy, a secretary of Masum, at Masum’s office in Howrah. Mrs. Negi and Mr. Suman visited Masum and inquired about the current status of starvation among victims from Jalangi, Murshidabad (see: HA-02-2005) and Bellilious Park. At the meeting, the Unicef representatives were provided with 412 individual family complaints filed by victims from the Jalangi in Murshidabad district who lost their homes and cultivated land. The victims currently have nothing and are not under any government poverty alleviation schemes or humanitarian assistance programmes. The two representatives were also provided with a list containing the details of the victims forcibly evicted from Bellilious Park. Masum further suggested the representatives visit the Belgachia dumping ground where many of the evictees currently reside. However they indicated that they would do so at another time. An unnamed media source did report Unicef visiting with some victims at the dumpsite, though we have not received sufficient information to confirm this. Read more about INDIA: UNICEF still avoiding responsibility in providing assistance to starving women and children in West Bengal

INDIA: Adivasi community unable to grow food, asserts their right to land in Maharashtra

INDIA: Adivasi community unable to grow food, asserts their right to land in Maharashtra

The last of the huts were destroyed in January 2005 by the Maharashtra. State Farming Corporation (MSFC) employees. Since the crops and huts of the adivasis were destroyed in the previous cropping season, the adivasis had to look for their livelihoods elsewhere. The MSFC employees took advantage of this and destroyed the majority of huts while the adivasis were working outside the area. The community was unable to put up the huts again because they were busy working as cultivators in other fields. This was not the case earlier, before the corporation destroyed over 1,000 acres of their farming land. Previously the adivasis could easily provide foodstuff for their entire community with their own food stuff. During this season however, only 16 people could cultivate their land. Further, the crop supply was under frequent threats by officials, and once by police. However, the adivasis managed to protect their crop. Read more about INDIA: Adivasi community unable to grow food, asserts their right to land in Maharashtra

INDIA: Sugarcane cutters starving and living in abject poverty in Surat, Gujarat

INDIA: Sugarcane cutters starving and living in abject poverty in Surat, Gujarat

Further to our Hunger Alert, HA-07-2005 issued on April 11, 2005, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) would like to provide you with the following pictures depicting the current living conditions of the adivasis living in camps under the Bardoli Sugar Factory in Surat, Gujarat. Read more about INDIA: Sugarcane cutters starving and living in abject poverty in Surat, Gujarat

INDIA: Sugarcane cutters starving and living in abject poverty in Surat Gujarat

INDIA: Sugarcane cutters starving and living in abject poverty in Surat Gujarat

The Bardoli Sugar Factory, under the Co-operative Societies Act, is governed by the Registrar and provides living accommodations for its adivasi workers. Mr. Manilal and Ms. Shilaben are both adivasis contracted to work under the Bardoli Sugar Factory. Both are landless and live in camps provided by their cooperative society employers. Traditionally, they are basket weavers by profession however, in order to earn enough to live, both became sugarcane cutters. Mr. Manilal states, “Otherwise my family members and I would die of starvation”. Read more about INDIA: Sugarcane cutters starving and living in abject poverty in Surat Gujarat