Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director , SICHREM handled a session on Human Rights for the Forest Officials at the Forest Department Training Centre at Kadugodi,Bangalore on May 30th, 2017.

May 31, 2017


Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM handled a session on Human Rights for participants of School of Politcs at Ecumenical Christian Centre -ECC Bangalore on 24th May, 2017.

May 30, 2017


Group photo of the particpants of School of Politcs at ECC Bangalore.

Silence Never Won Rights

May 23, 2017

Silence can be interpreted in two ways, either as acceptance or indifference and both these forms of silence are dangerous and hinders our growth. SICHREM ran the TCS marathon fighting against this laid back attitude towards the injustice that plague many. Keeping in mind that ‘silence never won rights’ it ran for a cause that demanded its attention.

We had runners of different professions come together this Sunday at Kanteerva Stadium Bangalore. Runners like Don Bosco and his son Brendin participated in this race and have testified about how encouraged and enlightened they felt fighting this battle to educate people about human rights. Awareness of the injustice needs to reach people and that could only be achieved through SICHREM. Thus to them taking part is a must because they refuse to accept the reality as it is.

We also had Mercy and Arana who ran for SICHREM and had similar opinions that human rights is a vast area and often gets ignored thus this silence has become nerve wrecking and tiresome and hence it’s a must to shout out. Be it the Nirbhayas in our nation who get raped and abused , be it the dalits who have been victims to discrimination and prejudice, be it the northeast who often are side-lined by the mainstream media, we need to find ways to educate people about the rights they deserve and the rights that are often refused.

Hence it’s of utmost importance for us to make noise, after all we are a nation that fought for our freedom through words of objection.

“First they came for the socialist and I did not speak out

  Because I was not a socialist

  Then they came for the trade Unionist and I did not speak out

  Because I was not a trade Unionist

 Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out

  Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left to speak for me

Martin Niemoller


Human Rights Mobile Clinic on May 10th, 2017 at R.S Palya slum.

May 12, 2017

SICHREM  organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at R.S Palya Slum,Bangalore on 10th May ,2017. There were about 20 participants and 15 cases were handled at the clinic. Most of the cases were related to Domestic Violence,  Birth Certificate  & property issues. Adv. Eunice Mercy &  Adv. Shashikala gave legal counseling to the victims.LEGAL climinc

Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director SICHREM handling a session on Human Rights Issues on May 11th, 2017 at Ecumenical Christian Centre jointly Organized by Ecumenical Christian Centre , Inter-church service Association and Vigil India Movement.

May 12, 2017


Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director Human Rights Education and Ms. Kanmani, Volunteer to SICHREM conducting a training programme on LGBTIQ Political Leadership on May 4th & 5th, 2017 at VISTHAR organised by Solidarity Foundation.

May 12, 2017


Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director, SICHREM conducting a session on Human Rights to LGBT Community.


May 12, 2017

Mr. Biju Varghese, COO – Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd.

He brings in 27 years of remarkable experience in association with overseas companies prior to establishing Aarbee as a co-founder. He chose structural steel construction industry as his mainstream and pioneered in establishing an industry in India in the year 1998. His exposure to globally renowned construction industries over a decade subsidized enormously in bench marking the global standards in quality, project planning and deliveries.

He is one among those who leads the business community in developing sustainable and strategic community partnerships through philanthropy. He supports children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to enhance their educational experiences. He distributes funds to a variety of charities who address elimination of social problems for the uplift of society, women, children in the areas of education, sports, social welfare etc,. To sum it all up, he is a businessman with a generous heart.

Aarbee an ISO 9001:2008 Company based in Bangalore, India is a member of the National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD) & American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and also adheres to BS (British standard codes for steel detailing) and Indian standards in Structural Design & Steel Detailing…….

They have a proactive team of accomplished and highly qualified Engineers, Technical Designers, Detail Drafters, Fabrication & Erection Specialists and Construction Managers across multiple locations who maintain stringent quality standards.  They work  with Softwares like Tekla Structures ( and SDS/2 (, Staad Pro, Revit, FabTrol, Descon, AutoCAD etc,.  Aarbee with a monthly capacity of 20000MT has successfully carried out more than 3000 projects ranging from 100 to 45000 MT of heavy Structures like Industrial, Power Plants, Large Complexes, Stadia, Multi structures, Hospitals and Schools etc.  Aarbee is striving to achieve new dimensions in the years to come, eyeing the challenges ahead in the Global Markets. They believe in their customers and with no compromise on quality, offers the best possible prices in addition to value added services in a time bound manner at all times. They have successfully completed heavy projects globally and have won many accolades to their credit.


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    Revitt Modelling                     AUTOCAD Services                  R & D Department

Last but not the least please do peruse more information thru their website address   which reveals all about this esteemed Organization, Management, Team, Projects, their accomplishments.

It gives us immense pleasure to share the above brief write-up on Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd.

Thank you Sir !!!

SICHREM is extremely gratified that you believe in our work enough to give us an enormous grant.  This fund will be utilized for child development and legal aid to poor people in the rural area. Thanks again for not only standing with us but also trusting in us.  A thank you card will not fit into the size of your generosity.

” We don’t treat tribals as bonded Labourers.”

May 6, 2017

News on Bonded Labourers

Panel Discussion on “Peculiar Punishment: Understanding sentencing in India’s death penalty jurisprudence” on 29th April, 17 at Azim Premji University.

May 6, 2017


The dignitaries of the Panel (From left… Dr. Sitharamam Kakarala, Professor Azim Premji University,  Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM , Adv. Vijay Hiremath, Bombay High Court, Dr. Anup Surendranth, Director Centre on the Death Penalty, National Law University Delhi and Justice(Retd). Santosh Hedge, Supreme Court of India.



May 4, 2017

4th May 2017


SHRC orders Rs. 1 Lakh compensation for the kith of custodial death victim

The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission orders Rs.1 Lakh compensation to the family of Lokesh alias Loki who died while in custody of Hennur police. The compensation amount has to be deducted from the salaries of the accused Policemen  N. Anumanthrayappa P.I, Lakshmikanthaiah P.S.I, Shivanna P.C, M.Kumar P.C, B.S Manjunatha P.C . The KSHRC has also recommended departmental action against the guilty.

Suspected of theft, 22 year old Lokesh was picked up by Police on 19th June 2010 around 11 a.m from Bangalore and taken to Salem for retrieving the stolen article, without the permission of the jurisdictional Magistrate. He was found dead the next day morning in a private hospital in Bangalore.

The Police claim that during the travel to Salem, Lokesh became sick with diarrhoea  and vomiting and he was treated in a private hospital in Dharmapuri.  As he revealed the hideout of his accomplice in Bangalore, he was brought back and on the way he fell down and sustained severe injuries. He was admitted in Mediscope Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries.

Based on a complaint from Sichrem, SHRC investigated the case and found that the post mortem report confirms 22 wounds on the body of the victim and certified that it is due to severe torture. Also from other corroborative evidences, the Commission concluded that it is a death in the custody of police due to third degree treatment.

While welcoming the order, SICHREM states that departmental enquiry is insufficient but the guilty should be prosecuted for murder. Section 302 of IPC should be charged on the accused and that only will act as a  deterrent in future. The situation should not be such that you escape prosecution and pay only a compensation.

Mathews Philip

Executive Director


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