'People should approach SHRC directly'

SHRC will utilise the power to conduct inquiry into the functioning of fake NGOs

'People should approach SHRC directly'

 
State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairman Justice S R Nayak listening to the grievance of citizens in Mangalore on Sunday.Addressing reporters after holding a grievance meet here on Sunday, he noted that several fake NGOs are functioning in the state assuring justice to victims in the human rights violation cases. Such NGOs misguide people and collect huge amount from victims. “People should not approach any organisations to seek justice in case of any human rights violations. The victims should approach the SHRC directly,” he suggested. The Commission will utilise the power to conduct inquiry into the functioning of such NGOs under Section 12 of the Protection of Human Rights 1993, he added.

‘State not keen’

Justice Nayak said that he has urged the state government to form six SHRC zones, each having one Superintendent of Police and 35 cops, in the state.
 In addition, grievance cells should also be set up in each districts. However, he lamented, “the state government is not keen on strengthening the SHRC.”

13,980 cases registered

Justice Nayak informed that the SHRC has registered a total of 13,980 cases of human rights violation till the end of 2009 from its inception in 2007, wherin 3,269 cases were registered suo motu based on media reports. While SHRC has solved 6,740 cases, 7,230 cases are still pending, he explained.

Talking about the statistics of Dakshina Kannada district, he said that out of 710 cases, State Human Rights Commission has solved 195 cases. Dakshina Kannada is the second district in the state after Bangalore with highest number of human rights violation cases, he said adding that the number of cases incresing year by year.
He lauded Dakshina Kannada Supetintendent of Police Dr A S Rao and Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj for maintaining law and order excellently.

“The district, which had a very bad reputation being a communally sensitive spot till 2007, has seen considerable improvement due to their efficiency,” he added.

‘No reply from Govt’

Justice Nayak said that his repeated recommendations to the government to remove the SP of Bellary district and for the reshuffling of district administration officials were went futile.

“Recently, I wrote again to the offices of State Home Ministry and Chief Minister asking the removal of Bellary SP. I also directed the government to revamp the district administration in the wake of increasing instances of human rights violation. However the government did not take any steps in this regard so far,” he lamented adding that the situation in Bellary is such a pathetic that poor people are facing difficulties due to the apathy of people’s representatives, police and district administration.

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