Indian medical students stranded in Ukraine move SC seeking airlift, allege torture by police


As many as 600 Indian students from Himachal Pradesh are stranded on the Medical University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine owing to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Indian students ready for information on their return in Manila on March 18 (Photo Credits: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advocate AP Singh has filed a PIL in the SC on behalf of the students
  • Parents of those students have even proposed to pitch in for the price of airlifting their youngsters again to India
  • These Indian students have alleged bodily and psychological torture by native police in Ukraine
More than 600 MBSS students from Himachal Pradesh have launched a starvation strike in Ukraine to focus on the dearth of medicines and essential facilities on the Medical University of Chernivtsi. These students are in the second yr of their course and have been stranded in Ukraine owing to the worldwide lockdown aimed to curb additional unfold of the novel coronavirus.

These Indian students stranded on the Medical University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine have additional alleged that they’re being harassed bodily and mentally by native authorities. In a letter to Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde of the Indian Supreme Court, the students have claimed that native police in Ukraine’s Chernivtsi are subjecting them to “third-degree torture because they are Indians”.

A senior advocate has filed a PIL in this regard in the Supreme Court. In the PIL, the appellants have sought that they’re airlifted from Ukraine in this time of disaster. The students have additional alleged that they’re being disadvantaged of fundamental necessities similar to meals. Parents of those Indian students have additionally expressed their need to financially pitch in for the price of airlifting their youngsters from Ukraine.

In truth, dad and mom of those students approached the workplace of the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh however are but to obtain a response in this regard. The students, in the PIL, have additionally acknowledged that they’re able to bear any medical examination earlier than they’re allowed to enter India in order to make sure that none of them act as contagions.

On behalf of those students, the PIL has been filed by advocate AP Singh who represented three out of the 4 males convicted in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case.

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