NHRC issues notices to the Delhi Government and North Delhi Municipal Corporation over no relief to several Hindu migrants from Pakistan after fire destroyed their makeshift dwellings units (30.11.2016)


New Delhi, 30th November, 2016

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that at least 30 makeshift dwelling units of Hindu migrants from Pakistan were gutted in a fire which broke out at "Majnu Ka Tilla" in Delhi on the 27th November, 2016.

Reportedly, the affected families are spending difficult time on pavements as the temporary arrangements promised by the SDM concerned for their shelter, have not yet been provided. The victims have complained that they do not even have food, clothes and basic amenities, which are necessary for a human being. Reportedly, about 500 Hindu migrants, who came from Pakistan to India during 2013-2014, were temporarily settled at 'Majnu ka Tila' in Delhi.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report raise a serious issue of violation of their Right to Life and Dignity. It is tragic that a large number of people are spending nights under the open sky in the cold without any shelter. The victims are in dire need of immediate relief by the government agencies.

The Commission also observed that the Government, the Municipal Corporations and other local bodies ought to formulate a comprehensive Housing Policy to provide dwelling units to these shelter less people and till the policy is implemented fully in letter and spirit, the temporary night shelters, with basic facilities of food, lodging and health care, should be constructed to enable the poor homeless people to spend their lives in a comfortable manner.

Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and the Commissioner, North Delhi Municipal Corporation to submit a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. The Chief Secretary has also been directed to look into the matter personally to ensure that immediate relief is provided to the affected families and steps are taken for their rehabilitation.