By GR Junejo
Justice ® Majida Rizvi, chairperson, Sindh Human Rights Commission, said here Wednesday that reports of illegal mining of granite at Karonjhar Mountain, the concerned authorities have been directed to ensure that no further excavation takes place.
Addressing the officials of different government departments, NGOs and the media persons at Darbar Hall here, she expressed grave concern on reported large scale incidents of suicide in Tharparkar district, and urged that Sindh Mental Health Acts needed to be strictly implemented to prevent such incidents.
On this occasion, DSP Abdul Rasheed told that 78 persons committed suicide by self-immolation during last eleven months in Tharparkar district.
SHRC Chairperson opined that such incidents were on the increase because of slackness of police in lodging FIR and initiating investigation.
Dr. Lakhej informed that suicide cases were taking place due to domestic violence, depression, domestic disputes and certain other reasons.
Ms. Majida Rizvi inquired about healthcare facilities, issues related to education, social welfare, construction of small dams, provision of consumer goods and food items, especially the wheat flour at subsidized rate, to the people of Thar. She also discussed with concerned officials the matters relating to ‘safe houses’ for Thari women.
She was told by Executive Engineer (Small Dams) Abdul Wahab Soho that there were 27 small dams in the district while seven more dams were being built.
Ms. Majid told that she had come to take stock of the situation and offering condolence to the relatives of those who died of lightning during recent rains.
District Health Officer Dr. Irshad Memon briefing the Chairperson SHRC, told that Tharparkar district has medical staff of 3500 for providing healthcare facilities to the people. The district has 292 basic health units and currently 634 lady health workers are working across the district while another 457 lady health workers were going training for appointment.
When Ms. Majida inquired about the causes of deaths of children in Thar, the DHO told it was due to pre-mature birth, low-weight etc.
Chairperson SHRC viewed that all the causes were because of early marriages and underlined the need to create awareness in this regard through lady health workers.
District Food Controller Amjad Memon told that department has supplied 7800 wheat bags to the flour mills in a month and the flour is being sold at Rs.44 per kg.
Kirshan Sharma, Ms. Pushpa Kumari, WHO representative Arz Muhammad, Director Social Welfare Natho Khan Rahmoon and others were present.