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All coercive measures for limiting family size must be stopped forth with.

Independent Social Monitoring System: -

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A system of periodic independent review

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A redressal mechanism for persons with complaints

Hunger Watch Methodology – Investigation of hunger related deaths8 – Dr. Abhay Shukla

In most hunger related deaths, the terminal event is an infectious disease, such as pneumonia or diarrhea. Severe under nutrition reduces the resistance and predisposes to fatality from infections which would be considered trivial in a well-nourished person. Distinction between the immediate and underlying causes of death; even where the immediate cause of death is an infection, the underlying cause may be identified as starvation. Observers of famines in pre-independence India had explicitly described ‘famine diarrhea’ as an important cause of famine mortality.

The existence of all these conditions would be strong evidence for hunger related deaths having taken place in a particular community:

Documentation of genuine increase in death rates in the community. These rates should be compared with death rates in a neighbouring community, or the same community in a previous year, taking situations of no major food deficit.

8 Based upon PowerPoint presentation of the Speaker

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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