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