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Apr 20 (23:51) Allot berths for the sick, SHRC tells Railways (www.thehindu.com)
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The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed that emergency quota facility be made available in all trains so that berths can be made available for patients with serious medical conditions and women travelling with sick infants.
A railway reservation policy which ensures berths for these categories of travellers should be formulated in the long run, the SHRC ordered, in its directive to Railway Board Secretary and Southern Railway Divisional Manager
The directive was issued in the case wherein a mother who was travelling from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram on Maveli Express with an
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year-old sick infant was denied berth.
The infant was being taken for heart surgery to the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. Both the tickets of the mother and father were on waiting list. The infant became seriously ill by the time train reached Malappuram.
Though fellow travellers pulled the chain and took the baby to the hospital, the baby could not be saved.
The incident occurred on December 27 last. Railways explained that no berth was available because of the rush during Christmas holiday season. The SHRC had suo motu registered a case following media reports about the incident
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