SHRC registers 36,000 human rights violation cases

With minimal facility, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has done commendable job in the last five years. But with better infrastructure, personnel, and funds from the government, the Commission could have done better job, said Chairman Justice S R Nayak.

Speaking to presspersons after holding talks with IGP (Western range), Deputy Commissioner here on Friday, he said “I am not levelling allegations against the state government. Compared to other states in the country, Karnataka government has given support to the Commission.”

From July 2007 to June, 2012, as many as 36,000 cases related to violation of human rights have been registered. As many as 24,000 cases have been disposed so far. The remaining cases are being investigated. The SHRC has registered highest of 1,643 cases related to violation of human rights from Dakshina Kannada. As many as 974 cases have been disposed. As many as 6,500 cases related to drinking water, pollution, drought, education, ragging, exploitation of children and child trafficking were registered on suo moto basis following the media reports.

He said that he will be retiring on July 25. It would have been better had the state government started looking for his successor a couple of months ago itself. Justice Nayak said that immediately after his retirement, two more members in the commission will retire and by July 28, the Commission will be without any head and members. The government should appoint the Chairman at the earliest.

“I have great respect towards the people of the district. The communal riots in the district had made me worry during my tenure. The communal violence could have been checked by the leaders by holding talks with the community members,” he said.

The Commissioner said that when he had asked IGP (Western Range) on the solution to Naxal menace in the region, the IGP had told him that providing infrastructure facilities will help in containing the problem. There is a need to go for indepth research on the Naxal problem, Justice Nayak said.

To a query, he said that the judgement or the recommendations of the Commission  related to violation of human rights is not final.

To another query on endosulfan victims, he said “I have been urging the government to provide compensation to the victims.The judgement of the Commission will be only a recommendation.”

Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda, IGP (Western range) Prathap Reddy, SP Abhishek Goyal, DCP Muthuraya and others were present.

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