‘Death penalty may not prevent rape’. Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, Sichrem.December 27, 2017
Human Rights in Karnataka had gone for a holiday. Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM.December 21, 2017
In its order on Civil Appeal No. 707 of 2006 (High Court’s WA No. 3749 of 1999) , the Supreme Court confirmed the order of the Karnataka High Court that :-
“(i) An undertaking to be obtained from the industrial/commercial consumers that they will not engage Child Labour.
(ii) Disconnect power supply to those who employ children in violation of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 and Section 24 of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1961/Factories Act, 1948.”
This is once again a landmark Judgment by the judiciary which will strengthen the efforts for eradicating Child Labour. This order was passed on a PIL impleaded by the ‘Campaign Against Child Labour – Karnataka’. A judgment of the Supreme Court becomes the law of the land and the KPTCL has the obligation to enforce this verdict. CACL should give wide publicity to this judgment and put pressure on the Ministry of Energy to implement this order.
This case was filed in the High Court in 1999 and the KPTCL went on to appeal in the Supreme Court in 2006 against the order of the High Court and was pending for about 11 years. Adv. Prof. Ravi Varma Kumar appeared for CACL-K both in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director Human Rights Education, conducted a session on Human Rights for HRE teachers at Davangere on 19th December, 2017 organised by Don Bosco InstituteDecember 20, 2017
‘Pro Bono services shall be made mandatory for Lawyers’. Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM.December 20, 2017
‘Why the State Government not appointing the Chair Person for Karnataka State Human Rights Commission- KSHRC for many years.’ Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM.December 18, 2017
This has reference to the report on KSHRC not finding a Chair for the last five years. However Minister T B Jayachandra’s intention of amending the law to appoint a judge of the high court with 10 years’ service is not in the letter and spirit of the law. Protection of Human Rights Act is a central law and the the State has no powers to amend it. State can make rules but those rules should not be flouting the provisions of the Act. None of the reasons stated for not getting a retired Chief Justice to head the Commission is credible enough. Instead of resorting to short cuts, the Government should show political will to set up a proper Human Rights Commission in Karnataka.