Students appearing for exams after completing the Diploma in Human Rights studies (IX Batch) at St. Joseph’s Evening College, Bangalore on 15 January, 2018.January 16, 2018
Sichrem files a complaint to National Human Rights Commission-NHRC in support of wheel chair bound Prof. Kaushik Kumar Majumdar, who was denied travel with his wheel chair by Air India Staff from Bangalore to Kolkata even after completing all security checks.
On 17th December 2017, he was denied from boarding the Air India Aircraft flight from Bangalore to Kolkata. Even though his wheel chair was entirely scanned by the security personnel at the Airport and was given clearance. His Boarding Pass was duly stamped but the Air India ground staff did not allow him board the aircraft with his wheel chair.
This incident also shows the lack of awareness and sensitization among the officials and authorities who are supposed to be handling the persons with disabilities. If the government and its agencies are not caring about people with disabilities and also harassing and humiliating the person who needs special care and attention is a matter of serious Human Rights Violation.
Therefore we request the honourable commission to intervene in to the matter to make an enquiry and to initiate stringent action against officials and authorities who are at fault.
Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM.
Appropos “Police as rogues,recipe for disaster”(DH Jan 8),it is a fact that there are people with criminal tendencies in the police.There are many reasons for it.The recruitment process is lacking sufficient psychological tests to assess such tendencies. There is no systematic,professional and periodic evaluation of the behavior after appointment. Departmental action is very often a transfer or suspension and those are not very deterrent punishments.It is found that the guilty comes back to the same station after a few months or the suspension is revoked very often with a promotion!There is a tendency to protect the lawbreakers in the uniform by the top brass.There could be political interference and corruption for this to happen.Also there is lack of will on the part of the state to strengthen the hands of statutory mechanisms such as State security Commission,SHRC,and the Police Complaints authorities.
SICHREM welcomes the Government’s move on appointing the Chairperson for Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.January 3, 2018
Of course we knew that you were very ill. But this news that you have departed from us is still not acceptable. You were an amazing personality, a rare combination of an academic, a priest, an accomplished principal of a reputed college and an activist who never shied away from joining us on the street fighting for justice and Human Rights. You have mentored a number of students and Human Rights Defenders. Your articles and speeches were always an inspiration for us. We never thought twice to approach you for any help. Your support and commitment to the civil society groups was beyond all limits. We will miss you but your spirit will continue to inspire us always. May your noble soul rest in peace.
Mathews &Sichrem Team