September 24, 2010
Nursery teacher refuses to take little Mathew’s present because the boy’s parents object to the beating she gave him in school
This is one lesson three-year-old T Mathew could have done without on Teacher’s Day.
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|Mathew’s parents had thought the dispute with the school was settled after their visit to the police station
His teacher Anushka Prasad at Rinku Nursery school in Frazer Town did not accept the little boy’s Teacher’s Day present — but received the gifts of all his classmates — because his parents complained against her and the nursery principal Mrs Madhav after the teacher allegedly beat their son with a scale and slapped him for not colouring a picture properly.
Teacher’s Day celebration at the pre-nursery was advanced to Friday as the nursery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Mathew’s mother Saraswathi bought a pen and gift-wrapped it for the little boy to give it as a present to his teacher.
However, Mathew’s teacher Anushka Prasad reportedly accepted the presents of all students except his. She allegedly told him that she was not taking the gift as his parents had complained against the school principal.
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September 23, 2010
Dear friends, colleagues and well wishers,
South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) is forced to announce the postponement of the Musical Event “Humari Aawaz” which was scheduled to take place on 25th of September 2010 at the St Joseph’s High School Auditorium.
This is due to the anxieties about the disturbances as the Babri Masjid Verdict is expected on the 24th September 2010.
Taking into consideration the safety and convenience of the audience ,the singers and other members of the public who bought tickets,SICHREM and Bangalore Musical Academy has postponed the event to 17th of October 2010(SUNDAY).The venue and the time will be the same and the tickets bought will hold good.
Therefore SICHREM regrets the inconvenience if any caused with regards to the change in dates and looks forward to you all attending the event on Sunday, 17th October 2010 and continue to provide support and solidarity as always.
September 17, 2010
“The Week’s” Report on the Controversial Deaths at the Beggars Colony.
|Counting their hours: Inmates of DRC / Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra
Death of inmates brings the Destitute Rehabilitation Centre under the scanner
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September 15, 2010
Bangalore: Child rights activists and a group of children on Tuesday staged a protest against Balakrishna V Masali, former member of the Child Welfare Committee for Girls (CWCG), Bangalore (Urban), who was suspended following allegations of sexually molesting five girls at the State Home for Girls. The protest was held in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on MG Road.
The protesters demanded that a First Information Report (FIR) against the official be filed immediately. They also wanted a thorough inquiry into the matter. The women and child welfare department has so far only suspended Masali from work, and has not yet filed an FIR against him. “It’s farcical that an official supposed to take care of poor girl children should turn a sexual predator, and then go scot-free. No FIR has yet been lodged, and he has also got anticipatory bail,” said Nagasimha G Rao, a child rights activist and member of the Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL).
Activists plan to approach governor HR Bhardwaj and chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. “We are writing to the governor and the chief minister. We are also going to approach the National Human Rights Commission so that the children get justice,” said R Manohar, a member of the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring.
The protest was organised by members of the Association for Promotion of Social Action (APSA), CACL and Concern for Working Children (CWC). “If it is a case of sexual harassment, it is important to file an FIR,” said Vasudev Sharma, a member of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. APSA last Thursday filed a case against Child Welfare Committee member Masali at the Wilson Garden police station.
September 14, 2010
Bangalore, September 4, 2010
Members of the Bangalore Citizens’ Initiative on Friday held a candlelight vigil to pay homage to 290 inmates of the Beggars’ Rehabilitation Centre who died there in the last eight months.
The candlelight vigil was staged in front of Gandhi statue on M.G. Road.
The members demanded a high-level probe into the deaths at the centre, which is located at Sumanahalli off Magadi Road. All those responsible for the deaths should be booked for murder, SICHREM project coordinator Prakash Kariappa said. The Central Bureau of Investigation should probe the deaths, and stringent action should be taken against the erring officials, he said.