‘Why the State Government not appointing the Chair Person for Karnataka State Human Rights Commission- KSHRC for many years.’ Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM.

December 18, 2017

 

Sir,

This has reference to the report on KSHRC not finding a Chair for the last five years. However Minister T B Jayachandra’s intention of amending the law to appoint a judge of the high court with 10 years’ service is not in the letter and spirit of the law. Protection of Human Rights Act is a central law and the the State has no powers to amend it. State can make rules but those rules should not be flouting the provisions of the Act. None of the reasons stated for not getting a retired Chief Justice to head the Commission is credible enough. Instead of resorting to short cuts, the Government should show political will to set up a proper Human Rights Commission in Karnataka. 

 Mathews Philip

 

 

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‘ Gender Sensitization and Police’ – Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM.

December 18, 2017

Sir,

It is not a surprise for me that the ‘molester’ on MG road was let off by the police because police behave the same way in most of the cases of violence against women.When they know that the police can take Suo Motu  case,the victim is often asked to file a complaint. For various reasons, a woman may not be in a position to complain immediately. Police conveniently ignore the fact that such experiences cause intensive shocks and trauma for a woman and also for her relatives. Umpteen number of trainings on gender sensitivity and women’s rights  organised for police do not seem to be having much impact. Perhaps penal action may  the only thing that will work. DCP ordered the local police to to file a case on   their own. He is not bothered about the dereliction of duty by the police. In that case some kind of departmental action would have happened.The inspectors and constables know that nothing will happen to them and they will continue to neglect cases of molestation and harassment.
Mathews Philip.

Media report published in ‘PRAJAVANI’ dated December 12th 2017, Mr. Mathews Philip (Executive Director – SICHREM) and Mr. Mathew Thomas Mavelil (Programe Officer – SICHREM) were part of the Civil Society Dharna for the appointment of Chairperson and members of the KSHRC – Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

December 18, 2017

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Mr. Mathew Thomas fact finding officer, SICHREM participated in the protest ‘NOT IN MY NAME’ at Town Hall, Bangalore.

December 18, 2017

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At the ‘International Human Rights Day’ Celebration on December 10th, 2017 at Indian Social Institute in collaboration with SICHREM, St. Joseph’s College other like minded organisation and Individuals.

December 18, 2017

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The dignitaries on the dais from left Dr.Fr. Alwyn Prakash D’souza, Prof. KiranJeevan (PRO, SJC), Dr. SelvarajArulnathan SJ  (Director, ISI),  Mr.Y. Mariswamy (Honorable member of Karnataka state commission for protection of child rights rights), Dr. Sylvia Karpagam (Public Health Consultant), Mr.Mathews Philip Executive Director,(SICHREM) and Mr. Selwyn Paul.J, NSS programme Officer, SJC. msChief Guest  Mr. Y. Mariswamy, Honorable member of Karnataka state commission for protection of child rights rights- KSCPCR addressing the gathering on the International Human Rights Day celebration on 10th December, 2017.

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The event concluded with the Candle light Vigil and oath at the Indian Social Institute.


SICHREM Hold a Press Conference on the Eve of Human Rights Celebration on 9th December, 2017.

December 9, 2017

Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director and Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director Human Rights Education, Sichrem at the Press Conference.


” Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur inaugurates the Human Rights Week 2017.

December 4, 2017

To commemorate the International Human Rights Day , Sichrem in collaboration with  St. Joseph’s college, Indian Social Institute and  other like-minded organisations and individuals organised the Human Rights Week Celebration 2017. Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila was invited as the chief guest for the  inaugural ceremony on December 1st , 2017.IMG-20171201-WA0025

The Dignitaries  on the Dias from Left Fr.  Alwyn Prakash D’Souza SJ, Head Human Rights and Training Unit Indian Social Institute, Rev. Fr. Antony George, Rector St. Joseph’s college, Bangalore, Mr. Desmond Coutinho, Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila, Dr. Fr. Victor Lobo and Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director- HRE , SICHREM.IMG-20171201-WA0036IMG-20171201-WA0010HR Day 2017. 1Media 2017 002