"Pathetic... Cannot Control Tears": Madras High Court On Migrant Crisis -J Sam Daniel Stalin
The Madras High Court has given the centre and Tamil Nadu government till May 22 to respond to several searching questions about its handling of the crisis
Chennai: The "pathetic condition of migrant labourers...is nothing but a human tragedy", the Madras High Court said today in strongly-worded comments on the humanitarian crisis sparked by lakhs of migrants frantically trying to return to home states amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Pulling up both the centre and the Tamil Nadu government for failing to "care for their (the migrants) safety and well-being", the court grilled the governments over measures being taken to address the situation and demanded to see state-wise data on the migrant crisis.
"It is a pity to see the migrant labourers walking for days together to reach their native places and in the process, some of them had lost their lives due to accidents. All states should have extended their human services to those migrant labourers," Justices N Kirubakaran and R Hemalatha said.
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NDTV, 16 May, 2020, https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-migrants-crisis-pathetic-cannot-control-tears-madras-high-court-on-migrants-crisis-2229860