The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), India has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Karnataka over the reported death of a 23-year-old woman and her nine-month-old baby due to electrocution at Kadugodi area of Bengaluru.
Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the Commission observed that the contents of the news report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights, which was a matter of concern.
Noting that the incident apparently indicated the negligence of the Electricity department of Bengaluru, the Commission directed both the Karnataka Chief Secretary and the State DGP to submit a detailed report in the matter within six weeks.
It said the report should include the status of the FIR, action taken against the officials responsible for the lapses and compensation, if any, granted to the next of kin of the deceased.
The media report had said that the woman and her infant were electrocuted after stepping on a live electricity wire lying unattended on the footpath near Hope Farm in Kadugodi area of Bengaluru on November 19.
By the time people rushed to help the victims, they were reportedly charred to death.