State tells HC it will meet SHRC’s needs

November 22, 2011

The State government on Monday promised to meet all the infrastructure requirements of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and extend full co-operation to the Commission.

During the hearing of a PIL by the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), the government counsel Devdas submitted before the High Court the minutes of the meeting dated September 30, 2011, which was chaired by the Chief Secretary.

When SHRC Secretary Javidh Pasha proposed to create 491 posts in different cadres as required for the functioning of the Commission and to frame necessary cadre and recruitment rules as recommended at the meeting of the committee of SHRCs constituted by NHRC on March 22, 2011, the chief secretary directed the law secretary to take suitable action in this regard.

When the committee was informed about the defects in pay, allowance and other facilities for the chairman and members of KSHRC, the committee said the file was with the Finance department for its concurrence. On providing office space for the Commission, it was decided that the entire fifth floor in MS Building will be allotted for the Commission.

The Commission is presently run from a small 4,500-sq-feet space as against the demanded 20,000 sq ft area.

On the allocation of grants to the SHRC, the State has submitted that a sum of Rs 2.25 crore has been allocated in the budget, an additional sum of Rs 36.93 lakh and another sum of Rs 50 lakh has been granted.

The Finance department has been requested to allocate necessary additional grants. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice A S Bopanna adjourned the matter after the petitioners sought time to study the matter.

The petitioners in their plea had submitted that the Commission was badly neglected by the State government.

The petitioners also pointed out that the State had sanctioned only 105 staff members as against the demand placed by the Commission for 491 staff members. They added that the KSHRC plans to open wings in six police ranges of the State was in cold storage.

Solidarity with Sharmila- Repeal AFSPA, 26th November Day of action

November 21, 2011

Programme details: Hall Meeting @ SCM House (first floor) Mission Road Time 1pm to 3.30pm

  • Film Screening:Two Documentaries on AFSPA and the campaign against it.
  • Brutality thy name is AFSPA: an update on the struggle by Babloo Loitongbam, Human Rights Lawyer, Human Rights Alert (Babloo is a close associate of Sharmila, involved in the struggle against AFSPA and coordinating the country wide campaign)
  • Ahmedabad to Srinagar – Save Sharmila Jatha: A group of motivated  young volunteers are travelling from Sabarmati Ashram to Hazratbal shrine from 23rd November to 3rd December  Faisal Khan one of the yathris would be sharing their experiences to us in the meeting.
  • Protest Action @ Town Hall,Bangalore 4pm to 6.30pm

Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns- Bangalore

For More Details call: 09448394365-Jagadish, 07353770203-Dipu, 09845453614-Sasi, 09535037596-Manohar

Need an operation? Just wait till Monday

November 17, 2011

Patients at Bowring Hospital’s orthopaedic unit II are normally operated upon on Mondays. But with the last two Mondays being holidays, Bhupathi Kumar is in for a long wait.

Bhupathi Kumar was given a bed only after a human rights body stepped in

Doctors at Bowring Hospital postponed the surgery of a 38-year-old accident victim as it was a government holiday on Monday. Worse, he’s been asked to wait till next Monday for the surgery. If his turn comes, that is. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken up the case.
Bhupathi Kumar has been lying on the floor outside the general ward at Bowring Hospital for the past few days after an accident on Hosur Road on Sunday.
Kumar was waiting for a bus to Tamil Nadu at around 10 o’clock when a speeding bike ran over his right leg. People at the spot called the local police who shifted him to Bowring Hospital in an 108 ambulance.
There are three orthopaedic units at Bowring Hospital and Kumar was admitted to unit two which comes under Dr Manoj. Dr Manoj administered first-aid and said he needed a surgery. But after that, no doctor has looked him up. Once in a while, Kumar is checked on by a trainee or intern.

Long wait

“I am suffering a lot and I’m afraid of losing my right leg. But they say orthopaedic surgeries for unit two patients are conducted only on Mondays. Last Monday, it was Kanaka Jayanti and the Monday before was Bakrid, so no surgeries were carried out.
As a result, doctors say there are many patients waiting to be operated on, and I will get a chance only if there is time. Otherwise, I have to wait for another Monday,” Kumar told Bangalore Mirror.
“I’m not blaming any doctor here but if at all I lose my leg due to a delay in surgery, where will my family go and who will look after them? I am a very poor man and I can’t go to a private hospital. They made me sleep on the floor for three days and are now asking me to wait till Monday,” Kumar said.

Rights body steps in

Kumar got a bed only after the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) stepped in.
“We heard about Kumar’s case and went to the hospital to check. Not only Kumar but many other patients needing orthopaedic surgery are waiting. Will the injury wait till Monday? If something serious happens to Kumar, who will be responsible? We have complained to SHRC and they will be inspecting the hospital soon,” Prakash Cariappa, fact-finding coordinator for SICHREM, told Bangalore Mirror.

Doctors’ take

Doctors from Bowring have a different story. They say that they would have carried out the surgery if it was truly an emergency since they have a 24/7 operation theatre.
“It is true that we conduct orthopaedic surgeries for unit two on Mondays. I haven’t come across this case but we never wait in case of emergencies, even if it’s a government holiday,” said Dr H Satish Chandra, medical superintendent, Bowring Hospital.
“We are here to work and even we are human beings and know the value of people. If it is an emergency, I will arrange for an operation. Please send the patient’s attender to me and I will go and check,” he said.
He also said that if at all Kumar was made to wait, there would have been some valid reason.
However, he had no answer as to why Kumar was kept waiting even when one of the inhouse doctors said he needed a surgery.

If I lose my leg due to a delay in surgery, where will my family go?

SICHREM’s Endorsement of the Draft Recommendations on Special Component Plan for Scheduled Castes

November 14, 2011

South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM)

12 November 2011


The Secretary 
Working Group on Dalits
National Advisory Council,
2 Moti Lal Nehru Place,
Akbar Road, New Delhi -110011

Sub: Endorsement of the Draft Recommendations on Special Component Plan (SCP) for Scheduled Castes

Respected Madam / Sir,

Greetings from SICHREM!

The South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring would like to congratulate you and express our solidarity and thanks for bringing out the Draft Recommendations on SCP. We are happy to see that finally the crores of Dalit voices are being heard and action being taken for the effective implementation of the Special Component Plan for the Scheduled Castes (SC’s).

We hereby endorse the Draft Recommendations on Reforming Special Component Plan.

We further urge you to;

  1. Bring in a Special Component Plan Bill to be tabled in the forth coming Winter Session.
  2. To constitute a National and State Scheduled Caste Development Authority to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of the SCP legislation.

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Mathews Philip
Executive Director

‘Mega Mela’ for Government School students

November 3, 2011

Around one fifty children from eighteen government schools displayed their talent and creativity at a ‘mega mela’ for government school students of Bangalore, organised by Meljol-Aflatoun, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring.

The programme was exclusively meant for children studying in municipal and government schools. SICHREM had organised this event to understand what the students have understood in the last academic year.

“As part of this programme, they were exposed to functioning of banks and the need to develop the habit of saving from childhood. More importantly, the children were given a platform to show their talent and creativity,” said Reena, senior coordinator for National,Meljol, Mumbai.

“We were thrilled by the hidden talent of these children. Although they study in municipal and government schools their creativity is at par with the convent going kids. Given any opportunity, these students will surpass their convent school counterparts.

“Our organisation has been working for improving creativity among the less-privileged children of municipal and government schools. We feel contended if these kids become  respectable citizens of our nation”, added Reena.

The children were busy throughout the day, taking part in several activities like painting and creative writing. They came up with beautiful paintings and read out self composed poems. The event was conducted by the children without any  help from elders or parents.

Teachers from eighteen schools and members of   SICHREM were present on the occasion.

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4th UN Advocacy Training Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders – Bangkok

November 2, 2011

Mr. Manohar, Head of Programs, SICHREM participated in the 4th UN Advocacy Training Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (UNATS) organised by Forum Asia in Bangkok, Thailand from 17 to 22 October 2011. He was one among 15 participants representing 9 countries.

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