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Fine for Amar kid scorcher

New Delhi, June 7: If Amitabh is feeling the heat, so is good friend Amar.

The National Human Rights Commission today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5,000 each to 49 children who fainted while being made to wait in the sun to welcome Amar Singh and Jayaprada on Gandhi Jayanti in Kanpur in 2005.

“Forcing children to sit in the scorching sun for six long hours is blatant violation of human rights and the state government should pay token relief to the affected to prevent recurrence,” the commission said. It also condemned the practice of using schoolchildren as “showpieces” during VIP visits.

Amar’s Samajwadi Party is no longer in power in Uttar Pradesh but the Mayavati government is expected to use the order to rub salt into his wounds.

The commission noted that children, who should be handled with “care and affection”, had been made to wait without arrangements for first-aid or transport.

By the time Amar and Jayaprada arrived — they were late by three hours — 49 children had fainted.

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