SHRC hints at launching investigation in 20 electrocution deaths

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SHRC hints at launching investigation in 20 electrocution deaths

August 21, 2019

KARACHI:The Sindh Human Rights Commission has taken a strong note of the reports of death by electrocution of 20 people following two- day spell of rains in Karachi.

The deaths occurred in Quaidabad, Landhi, North Nazimabad Block L, Surjani Town’s Yousuf Goth, Ajmer Nagri and other area in North Karachi, Kharadar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Malir City and Kala Pul.

SHRC Justice (R) Majida Rizvi in a press statement issued by the Commission described it as a serious human rights violation and called for action to be taken against the negligence of K-Electric whose wiring and system installation endangered people’s lives to the point that a brief spell of rain exposed them to life threatening risk.

All over Sindh, there have been reports of deaths as a result of rain related incidents. However, while electrocution has resulted in loss of lives of several people, urban flooding has also caused much distress to the population. “These point to poor planning as well as a culture of flouting of safety rules by electricity companies which ends up gravely compromising people’s security and lives.”

“It is unacceptable that in this day and age, people still have to fear for their lives in times of rains because of poor planning by the authorities and corporate negligence and unaccountability.” SHRC stressed that though the government is suggesting that it would be taking action against K-Electric and others whose negligence resulted in the loss of precious lives, the Commission, being an independent human rights body, too can initiate inquiry into the case.

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