PIL in Supreme Court filed under Article 32 claiming a violation of the Right to Life. (Photo: Flickr)

A petition was filed by advocates Manohar Pratap and Sanpreet Singh Ajmani, members of Youth Bar Association in the wake of the death of 126 children in Bihar in the past week due to the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.

It is contended in the PIL that the disturbing number of deaths is a result of negligence and inaction from governments of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and the Central government. The government failed to handle the rampant situation caused by the outbreak of the deadly disease.

The PIL was filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, claiming a violation of Right to Life (Article 21) by the negligence of the State.

The Plea seeks directions for an immediate arrangement of 500 ICUs and 100 mobile ICUs along with the directions for the constitution of a team of medical experts and for the provision of all necessary medical equipment and other supports. It also seeks a government order directing all the private medical institutions in the affected area to admit and provide treatment free of cost to the patients.

Moreover, the PIL seeks compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the family members of those who died due to failure of state machinery.

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