Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: After sending a notice to the Superintendent of Police and Collector of Gir-Somnath district in Gujarat over the death of a Dalit-youth, The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has now served a notice to the chief secretary to Gujarat government over the suicide of a Dalit-youth due to harassment from the teachers working in the same primary school worked in. NHRC has demanded an action-taken report from the government in four weeks or it will have to appear before the commission.
Social worker and Dalit-rights activist Kantilal Parmar had written to the NHRC in New Delhi, alleging violation of human rights after a Dalit youngster from Shekhpur village near Vadnagar had committed suicide due to mental harassment by his colleagues. The NHRC then served a notice to the chief secretary to the state demanding action.
42-year old Mahesh Chauhan from Vadnagar in Mahesana had committed suicide on 6th February 2018 by jumping into a well. He had resorted to the extreme step due to the mental harassment by Vinod Prajapati, Smaji Thakor, and Momin Hussain, who were teachers at a government primary school. Chauhan worked at the same school, handling the mid-day meal scheme of the government. Complainant Kantilal Parmar said that even today discrimination is prevalent in the society, and the government should take up this matter seriously as people working in the government too have to face discrimination, which also led to the death of Chauhan.