While Avishna’s health is deteriorating, her mother Mahija has been shifted to the ICU.

Three days and counting A 15-year-old girl is on indefinite hunger strike in Kerala asking for justice
news #JusticeforJishnu Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 19:03

On Saturday, Jishnu Pranoy's sister Avishna, also known as Arya, entered her third day of indefinite hunger strike at her residence in Kozhikode's Nadapuram.

The 15-year-old began her strike on Thursday, a day after her mother Mahija and other family members were arrested and removed by the police from outside the DGP office in Thiruvananthapuram.

Avishna now lies on a bed put up on the porch of the house.

Speaking to TNM earlier, she had said that she would join her parents in their strike to get justice for her brother Jishnu, who was found dead in his hostel room in January this year.

"I will fast unto death in order to get justice for my family," Avisha told reporters on the first day of the hunger strike.

With the 15-year-old refusing to even drink water, her health condition had deteriorated on Friday. Under the guidance of the District Collector UV Jose, a medical team has since been deployed at the house.

"From Friday onwards, we have put her on drip and now her condition is stable. We did advise her and her family members that it was better for her to shift to a hospital. However, the girl is insistent and wanted to continue the strike at her house. In such a situation, we cannot use force and shift her to the hospital. After all, she has begun the hunger strike of her own will," the Collector told The News Minute.

A special medical team along with an ambulance has been stationed at their residence starting Saturday. The Collector said that the medical team was constantly monitoring Avishna's health condition, and the executive magistrate was also at the house.

An official from the district Childline told TNM that they were not in a position to intervene in the matter. The official said that Childline could only visit Avishna and convince her to end the hunger strike, since it was she was fasting of her own free will.

While Sheeba Kokkad, district child welfare officer told TNM that it was up to the Child Rights Commission to take a call on whether it would intervene in the matter, Commission Chairman Shobha Koshy said that it would only intervene at a later time, if Avishna's health condition worsens.

"At this point, there is no rights violation here. If she was being forced to do this, then it's a different story, but as of now, the commission need not intervene. We will watch the situation and if our intervention is necessary, then we will act accordingly," Shobha Koshy said.

Earlier in the day, former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited Avishna. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said, "I am of the opinion that it is not right for her to continue fasting without even drinking water. We have all been on hunger strikes and at those times, it is imperative to drink hot water mixed with salt. I have told her and her relatives that it should be done. If she does not drink water, it will affect her health badly."

Meanwhile, Jishnu's mother Mahija, who was on a hunger strike at Thiruvananthapuram medical college since Wednesday has been shifted to the ICU.

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