ACHR PRESS RELEASE
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ACHR Index: PR/IND/13/06
3 May 2006

NHRC approached against Master Budhia Singh's 65 km marathon run
- It is an act of endangering life and safety -

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights urged National Human Rights Commission of India to intervene against endangering the life of four-year-old Master Budhia Singh who was induced to run 65 kilometers marathon from Puri to Bhuvaneswar in Orissa on 2 May 2006.

“It is an act done so rashly or negligently to endanger human life or the personal safety of others as defined under Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code.”stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

ACHR urged the NHRC to direct the State government of Orissa to register an FIR under Section 336 of the IPC against Orissa's Sports Minister Debashis Nayak, Member of Parliament Archana Nayak, Additional Director General of CRPF, Mr B.S Gill, Police Chief of Puri range, Mr Sanjeev Panda, Master Budhia Singh's coach Mr Biranchi Das and other 50 CRPF jawans who accompanied the little boy during the marathon.

“Unless interventions are made by the NHRC against acts of avocations unsuited for the tender age of children as provided under Article 39 of the Constitution of India, impoverished children in India will be induced to undertake acts of avocations unsuited for their age, endangering life and health.”further stated Mr Chakma.

ACHR also urged the NHRC to constitute a team of Medical Experts to examine the possible damage done to the health and growth of Master Bhudia Singh and order an inquiry into the entire incident to ensure the best interest of the child.

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