SICHREM’s Musical Evening ” Humari Aawaz” featured in Media!

October 22, 2010
A touch of melody
‘Humari Aawaz’ featured many talented singers
All those who were looking forward to an evening of melodious music, were more than satisfied with the Humari Aawaz evening organised by the Bangalore Music Academy. With an aim to raise funds for South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), the evening became all the more meaningful for those assembled at the venue.

Robin Gurung, music director-cum-programmer, informed that he had brought in many unique and talented artistes and music reality show winners to perform at the event.

“The evening is about relaxing and enjoying some soothing music from good old times and some popular numbers,” he added.

The concert, which comprised only Hindi film songs, began with eleven-year-old Ghanavi’s performance.

She has been actively singing on stage for a very long time. Ghanavi’s rendition of Itni Shakti was followed by Mere Maula by Anupama, who started her singing career at the age of six.

Kavita Jayaram, who has won many reality shows like Asianet Idea Star Singer, SwaraManjari 2005, Voice 2005, says that singing for a reality show and a concert like this are two different things.

“While I enjoy both very much, I find concerts like these with a small gathering very personal.  Since it is for a cause, it makes the concert all the more special,” adds Kavita, who sang songs like Rehna Beethi Jaaye, Awara and other numbers.

Kaustub, another playback singer, came next with many Kishore Kumar classics and songs like Chura Liya, Teri Oor etc.

Even Milind Dharmasen, music director of Bisi Bisi, was seen on stage giving a
live performance after 10 years. He was nervous before going on stage but once he started his rendition of Kya Hua Tera Vaada, he was more confident than ever. And even singer Sayed Parvez made his presence felt in the show.

The surprise package was the contemporary dance performance by a group which was enjoyed by all.

Along with songs like Badan Par Sitare Lapete, Neele Neele Ambar Par and Kya Hua Tera Vaada, there were popular and more recent numbers like Ik Tara,  Zara Zara and Tere Mast Mast Do Nain which made the youngsters in the crowd enthusiastic.

‘Instant Justice’ can’t be allowed, say rights activists G Manjusainath

October 13, 2010
What police assert as ”encounter killing” is often seen as instant justice by the human rights groups. The rights activits are convinced that the killings are extra-judicial and needs to be investigated thoroughly.
In the forefront of such demands in the City is the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), which feels many of the encounter killings raise serious doubts.

R Manohar, an active member of SICHREM, reasons that the law provides for the police to shoot the criminal below the waist so as to apprehend him. But killing the criminal, he says, is not permissible under any circumstances. Many encounters by the police prove to be fake, he reminds.

According to him, all encounter killings should be treated as murder and a case must be registered. The police officer should be freed of the charges only if the investigation gives him a clean chit.

Over the years, SICHREM has taken many such encounter killing cases for investigation and recorded its apprehension with the National and State Human Rights Commissions. In the recent past, the organisation filed a petition with the SHRC doubting the encounter killing of Parandhama, an alleged history-sheeter.

Based on media reports, it said in its complaint that there appeared to be many loopholes in the police version and an investigation was required. Similarly, SICHREM took up the case of Johnson with the SHRC. Its contention was that the police had no reason to gun him down when they had not seen him ever before.

SICHREM is now getting ready to take up the case of Chandra alias Drum, who was killed in an encounter on September 25. He was projected by the police as an aide of underworld don, Ravi Poojary, who had targeted the Mantri House on Vittal Mallya Road. The fight against such extra-judicial killings will continue, say the activists.

This, they say, is to prevent the police from becoming an agency to give instant justice. “If instant justice becomes the order of the day then why should there be any need for courts, judges and lawyers and jails,” asks a rights activist, demanding crucial answers from the police.