Shimla: An NGO working with the differently abled and elderly on Monday alleged gross violation of human rights at a government-run old age home in Basantpur near here and threatened to go to court if a judicial inquiry is not conducted in this regard.
    
In a letter to the state Chief Secretary, NGO Umang Foundation set a deadline of fifteen days after which it will approach court.
    
Its chairman, Ajay Srivastav, claimed that he had raised the issue of rights violation of inmates with the government, but they denied it.
    
Out of 19 inmates at the old age home, 16 were disabled and some of them mentally ill, he said. However, citing an RTI response, he alleged that the old age home was not providing medical help to the sick and the inmates were living in extremely pathetic conditions.
    
A mentally ill inmate had allegedly died on June 18 due to lapses in his care and was not cremated properly according to Hindu rites, Srivastav also said.

(Agencies)

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