NHRC Finds Bihar Government at Fault
This article is about NHRC Finds Bihar Government at Fault for Throwing Road Accident Victim’s Remains into Canal. In a noteworthy incident, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently learned about police officers dumping the remains of a road accident victim into a canal in Muzaffarpur district. This raised concerns.
On Wednesday, the NHRC independently looked into media reports about this incident. They sent notifications to the chief secretary and the director general of police in the state, asking for a detailed report within four weeks. The report should include actions taken against the responsible police officers and what steps the state took after the NHRC advisory on May 14, 2021.
Jaimini Kumar Shrivastava, the commission’s deputy director (media), explained that the report should cover how the officers were held accountable for treating the deceased inhumanely. The NHRC advisory gives guidelines on how bodies should be handled with respect, whether for preservation or burial.
This upsetting incident came to light when a video circulated on social media, and newspapers like the Times of India reported it. The video shows two police officers dragging a blood-soaked accident victim’s body into a canal in the Fekuli outpost area of Muzaffarpur district. A third officer is seen assisting them.
The NHRC expressed concern that, if true, these actions violate human rights. They emphasized that human rights don’t end with death; even in death, a person deserves dignified treatment. The commission thinks the police officers, based on media reports, acted in a way that goes against basic human values.