Call to check rise in human rights violations

State Human Rights Commission member C G Hungund said that the cases pertaining to the violation of human rights are increasing in the department of police and in order to put a stop on this, the issue will be brought to the notice of senior officials in police department.

Briefing reporters, after visiting Mallegowda District Hospital, district prison and girls hostel in Chikkamagaluru on Monday, he said that if the police officials do not take necessary action to stop human rights violation incidents, the matter will be brought to the notice of the High Court judge.

Lamenting on the increasing suicide cases of farmers in the state, he said the commission is aware of the deaths of farmers in the district as well. A discussion will be carried out with the department officials concerned, in order to take up suitable measures to prevent farmers’ suicides.

Hungund said that the grants released under various packages by the government, and other schemes have not been reaching beneficiary farmers. He assured of recommending to the government for the increase in facilities given to farmers.

He said during  his visit to the district hospital he has found that there have been many shortcomings in the hospital. The hospital has not been upgraded even after 10 years. There is acute shortage of staff, even though the number of patients has increased considerably. There are no cardiologists or related instruments for heart checkup and the patients from financially weaker sections are deprived of the facilities.

Though a new ward has been reserved for the treatment of senior citizen, the ward has not been operational, owing to staff shortage. The problems will be brought to the notice of the government and directions will be given to take immediate actions.

When the State HRC member visited government hostel for girls in Pension Mohalla, there were no students, due to summer vacation. He inspected the kitchen and gave instructions to the staff to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.
He also paid visits to district prison and old age home and listened to the problems of the inmates. Deputy Commissioner B S Shekharappa, district health officer Dr Neeraj, district surgeon Doddamallappa were present among others.
DH News Service

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