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NAINITAL: A fine canvas tarp for the roof, some blankets to cover up, and stacks of hay that serve as fodder for livestock and beds for them. For nearly a month, 20 forest-dependent Van Gujjar families have been forced to live in the open after they were banned from entering the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary citing the pandemic. On Tuesday, the Uttarakhand high court criticized the state government and the forest department for violating their human rights and ordered immediate measures to guarantee their free movement.
“You cannot reduce humans to an animal existence… They are not animals. They are as human beings as you and I and have the same fundamental rights and human rights, ”said Chief Justice RS Chauhan.
The court has asked Uttarkashi District Magistrate Mayur Dikshit and Shrine Deputy Director Komal Singh to ensure that all families are tested for Covid immediately and allowed in if they test negative.
Arjun Kasana, an activist, informed the court about the plight of Van Gujjars by submitting an affidavit in a lot of pending petitions before the HC. In one of the photos he sent, a boy is seen sleeping next to a dead buffalo. The Chief Justice asked: “How is it possible to reduce human beings to this low level of existence?” He said he is “surprised by the stubbornness” of the deputy director.



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