Anti Child Labour Day – Kolar

June 29, 2013

An Anti Child Labour Day Program was held on the 12th of June 2013 in Kolar, T. Chnaiya Rangamandra. IT was organized by the Labor Department and Childline – Kolar. About 800 children participated in the program. There was a rally too which started at 10.00AM which started at Gandhi Square. A few photos are shown below on the same.

Anti Child Labour Day - Oath taking.

Anti Child Labour Day – Oath taking.

Rally held on the 12th of June 2013 in M G Road, Kolar.

Rally held on the 12th of June 2013 in M G Road, Kolar.

Participants in the Program.

Participants in the Program.

The Labour Department Staff, thanking the Child line Kolar.

The Labour Department Staff, thanking the Child line Kolar.

Students stand for Human Rights

June 27, 2013

Over 250 students of St Joseph’s School of Arts and Science gathered on Wednesday, to express their solidarity with victims of human rights violations on the occasion of United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

However, as rains lashed the city, the rally could not begin from the college premises as planned. 

Holding a candle light vigil, along with members of the South Indian Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), students of the institution got together and voiced their solidarity for victims of rape, assault, suffocation, electric shocks, forced starvation, sleep deprivation and among other forms of physical and psychological torture.

Executive Director of SICHREM Ashok Mathews Philip said that there is a need to prevent assaults and rehabilitate the victims. “Many prisoners are violated by police authorities, people are subjected to domestic violence and children are punished badly. All these are violations and perpetrators need to be prosecuted,” he said.

Hamsa, a second-year BSc Biotechnology student, said that the New Delhi gang-rape and Manipal incident shows that more people need to come out and voice their opposition to such heinous crimes.  


Source : The New Indian Express, 27th June 2013.

SICHREM in Media – Police Station raided, Minor rescued.

June 22, 2013

SICHREM in Media

Source : Deccan Chronicle, 22nd June 2013.

SICHREM flays amendment to police act

June 18, 2013

The South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) criticised the amendment to the Karnataka Police Act stating that it has restored the authority of the government over police transfers.

In a statement, the cell’s executive director Mathews Philip said the amendment takes away the Police Establishment Board’s powers to recommend transfers of officers above Additional SP and lets the government modify its decisions.

“With these amendments, the SICHREM feels that the government has accommodated itself with more powers and this will become its political weapon. The amendments are in direct confrontation and violation  of the directions laid down by the Supreme Court,” Philip said in the statement.

The Cell appreciated the Home Minister agreeing on reservation for SC, ST candidates while choosing members for the PEB.


Source : The New Indian Express, dated 17th June 2013.


Two illegally housed schizophrenics rescued

June 18, 2013

Two schizophrenic men, who were illegally housed in unsanitary conditions by a couple, were rescued on Friday with the help of the South Indian Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM). The caretaker Marigowda is allegedly a former attender at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS).

Marigowda, 60, who retired from NIMHANS more than a year ago, allegedly met Shivanna, 43, and Ravikumar, 35, both from Bangalore, who were brought to the hospital for treatment in 2011 by their families.

When members of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and SICHREM raided Marigowda’s house, they found that the two men had been living in squalid conditions for nearly 18 months. On the floor above his neat and furnished house, Marigowda had built a shed and kept the two men there. 

“Marigowda was charging each family between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 to take care of the two men. Keeping people under illegal confinement violates a few sections of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Prakash Cariappa, fact-finding coordinator, SICHREM. He said that Marigowda offered to help the family members in taking care of the two men. “They are both from wealthy families and agreed to this.  Marigowda and his wife kept them in a shed on their terrace,” Cariappa said.

“The men were kept in pathetic conditions as the shed was very unhygienic and had only one cot and an open toilet,” he added.

C G Hunagund, member, SHRC, told Express that Marigowda did not have the required qualification and eligibility to home the two patients. “He had no license and took no professional help to take care of the patients. We will recommend government action to be initiated against him,” he said.


Source : The New Indian Express, dated 18th June 2013.

Complaint of Lalith Kumar’s harassment and assault driving him to commit suicide by the police personnel of Talaghattapura Police Station.

June 11, 2013

Dated: 4th June 2013



Additional Director General of Police,(ADGP)

Grievances and Human Rights,

Office of DG & IG of Police



Dear Sir,

Subject: Complaint of Lalith Kumar’s harassment and assault driving him to commit suicide by the police personnel of Talaghattapura Police Station.

The Bangalore Mirror dated Monday, June 03, 2013 reports that, V Lalith Kumar, a student of Silicon City Educational Academy Pre-University College near Konanakunte, ended his life last Tuesday by hanging from the ceiling of his house in JP Nagar, Phase VII around 4 pm. Earlier in the day, he was allegedly beaten up by Talaghattapura cops at a playground near his house. Later, a crime constable allegedly met Lalith at his house and threatened to arrest him. His mother was at home, father was away at work.

Lalith’s family is scared of the consequences of accusing the police of driving Lalith to commit suicide. The Ramanagaram SP, Ida Martin Marbaniang, has said that in February, Lalith’s friend Sushma had committed suicide and he was accused of abetting her suicide and her parents had registered a case against him and to inquire about the case crime constable Shravan Kumar had visited.

A relative has questioned, that even if a crime had been committed, police had no right to threaten him or beat him and also as he is a minor, they should have informed his family about the complaint and further stated that they abused their power against the boy. 

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated;

  1. To look into the assault of Lalith Kumar resulting in the suicide,
  2. To immediately call for the suspension of the concerned officials pending enquiry.
  3. To also order for police protection to Lalith and family, so that there is no backlash from the policemen on whom allegations are being made.

Note: The undersigned has contacted Lalith’s family for a fact finding mission for recording the statements, the report would be filed with your good offices shortly.

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,                                                                                                                      


Head – Programs

Complaint of Judicial Death of Naveen Poojari (43), under trial in Mangalore.

June 11, 2013

Dated: 5th June 2013


The Member

Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

4th Floor, 5th Phase,

M.S.Building, Bangalore- 560001                                           

Dear Madam / Sir,

Subject: Complaint of Judicial Death of Naveen Poojari (43), under trial in Mangalore. 

The Prajavani and Vijaya Karnataka dated June 5th 2013; report in their columns the information of the death of Naveen Poojari aged 43years old cooly resident of Kumpal Ashraya Colony in Mangalore while he was in judicial custody at the Sub-jail.

An under-trial, Naveen Poojari was picked up the Ullal Police on 20th May 2013 when he was found allegedly suspiciously moving about in the night. It is stated, that on 1st of June he had fever and was given treatment and did not find any thing serious. On Monday, he was produced at the court and on Tuesday he was not in a position to have breakfast and two other under-trials were also unwell. By afternoon, Naveen’s condition turned very serious and died en-route being moved to Wenlock Hospital.

The paper further reports that the family had not been informed of his arrest and being jailed and only after his death were they informed.

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated, and that your good offices look into the circumstances, especially;

  1. To look into the exact causes of the death,
  2. The functions and the maintenance of the prison,
  3. Whether there are medical personnel & facilities available for treatment at the jail?
  4. Whether there was a failure on part of the jail personnel, doctors in the treatment?
  5. To Specifically to look into the allegations of the violations of the Guidelines laid down by the Honorable Supreme Court of India in D.K.Basu vs. State Of West Bengal and the guidelines laid down by the NHRC/SHRC on :
  • A). To find out who were the police personnel who handled the interrogation and arrest of Naveen, If, the memo of arrest was prepared, with time and date of arrest and who was the family member or the respectable person of the locality  who attested the arrest memo? And, if it was counter signed by Naveen?
  • B). If the police have informed Naveen, that he had a right and could inform a relative, friend or well-wisher as soon as possible, of the arrest and the place of detention or custody. If, yes? Who is the friend and how did they send the information to the family or relatives?, which is to be  notified by police within 8 to 12 hours after arrest by a telegram/ through the District Legal Aid Authority and the concerned police station.
  • C).If, an entry has been made in the Station Diary about the arrest, name of the person informed and name and particulars of the police in whose custody he was?
  • D).If, Naveen had access to exercise his right of meeting a lawyer during the          interrogation? If, yes, who was he and what happened?
  • E).If the arresting officer has informed the police control room within 12 hours the       information regarding the arrest and the place of custody?
  1. To inquire further if the procedures and guidelines laid down by the NHRC in its letter No.66/SG/NHRC/93 dated 14 December 1993 on reporting custodial deaths and also with reference to the letter vide No 40/3/95/LD dated 21 June 1995 has been adhered & followed ?
  2. To inquire,if the guidelines laid by NHRC, as per letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief ministers vide letter dated 10th August, 1995 on the video filming of post-mortem examinations in cases of custodial deaths has been followed?
  3. To also inquire, if the guidelines laid down by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief Ministers vide letter No.NHRC/ID/PM/96/57 dated 27th March 1997.

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,


Head – Programs