Woman gets Rs. 10 lakh for custodial death of husband

June 11, 2013

The Hindu – BANGALORE, June 6, 2013

Woman gets Rs. 10 lakh for custodial death of husband

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to give Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to a 26-year-old woman whose husband died after being allegedly tortured by the police in Bellary.

Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar passed the order while allowing a petition filed by Kadiyam alias Kondapalli Saraswathi, a resident of Marrigudem village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.


She alleged that her husband, Prasad, died after “third degree torture” by the Cowl Bazaar police in January 2007.

The court said the amount should be recovered from the police personnel who were in charge at the station during the incident. Some of the accused have been convicted by the jurisdictional court.

Beating up

Ms. Saraswathi claimed that the police detained her husband, who was working as a cleaner in a lorry, on January 24, 2007, and beat him black and blue.

As her husband was the sole earning member of the family, she claimed a compensation of Rs. 30 lakh as she had to look after two young daughters.


(This is a case intervened by SICHREM during the National Project of Preventing Torture in India. SICHREM’s counsel Adv Siji Malayil appeared for the victim’s family.)


Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at Lakshmanram Nagar Slum, Koramangla on May 22, 2013

May 27, 2013

SICHREM in collaboration with Global Concern India,Ananya Trust & Mahila Ookuta  organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at Lakshmanram Nagar Slum,Koramangla, Bangalore on May 22 ,2013. There were about 30 participants and 14 cases were handled at the clinic. Most of the cases were related to family issues, neighborhood issues & property issues. Adv.Manohar Hosea & Adv.Shashikaka gave legal counseling to the victims.

Below are some photos taken on site.



Students come out with manifesto for parties

April 10, 2013

Students from different colleges of Karnataka have listed more than 50 demands urging political parties to include them in their election manifesto.

The “Students’ Manifesto’ enlists quality education, protection of children, better healthcare, focus on agriculture among others, as their demands. All the student representatives – about 80 of them – are first time voters.

The manifesto was prepared with the support of South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Sichrem), Indian Institute of Science, St Joseph’s Evening College and Samvada, an organisation for young people. The students will submit their manifesto to the political organisations shortly.

“We have been saddened by the behaviour of the political class. They contest election in the name of public service and once in power they neglect the welfare of the poor.

Hence we have prepared a manifesto that reflects the real concerns of the state,” said R Manohar, Head of Programmes, Sichrem, during a press conference on Friday.

Source: Deccan Herald; Dated: April 5, 2013

Autonomy is key to effective functioning of statutory panels

November 12, 2012

S.R. Nayak, former chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, has said that autonomy is the need of the hour for the effective functioning of various statutory commissions.

Participating in a panel discussion on human rights institutions organised by South Indian Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), an NGO, here on Saturday, he said that such commissions must be financially and functionally independent.

Pointing out that the institutions like the Lokayukta and State Human Rights Commission should not be left “headless,” Mr. Nayak said that the government was aware of the completion of term of the KSHRC chairman, but did not take steps to appoint an eligible person.

Vasudev Sharma, executive director, Child Rights Trust, said there was a need to have regular meetings of the National and State Human Rights Commissions to ensure better co-ordination among various authorities and effective implementation of policies.

Mr. Sharma pointed out that such commissions should have financial independence.

Indhu Subramaniam, executive director, Hengasara Hakkina Sangha, said political appointments to some posts had crippled the functioning of such institutions. He emphasised the need for transparency and accountability in the functioning of these bodies.

Source: The Hindu; Dated: November 12, 2012

‘Rights body lacks power’

November 12, 2012

Dr S R Nayak, former Chief Justice of Chattisgarh and former Chairman of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, on Saturday slammed the state government for not giving enough power to the Human Rights Commission and making politically driven appointment for other human rights institutions.

“Human rights institutions in the state are now in a shambles. They are dysfunctional. Corruption has not come down. Human right bodies lack transparency and accountability,” he said.

Participating in a panel discussion on status of human rights institution in Karnataka organised by South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring, Nayak said, it is the people who are ultimate sufferers and the government should wake up to it.

“First we should see it to that the commission is corruption-free,” Nayak said.  The committee has proposed some recommendations  to be sent to the state government.

Source: Indian Express; Dated: November 11, 2012

Panel Discussion on Human Rights Institutions & Study Reports Release

November 9, 2012

SICHREM is pleased to invite you to “A Panel Discussion on the Status of Human Rights Institutions in Karnataka” to deepen our understanding about the status of human rights institutions and to look for remedial measures and hope to find a way forward to conduct a people’s review later of these institutions with all concerned that would help in all our advocacy efforts to strengthen these institutions.

There will also be the, Release of SICHREM’s Studies on the ‘Karnataka State Minorities and the Schedule Caste & Scheduled Tribes Commission’. The reports document the shortcomings, constraints and challenges in the functioning of these statutory institutions and examine the possibilities of strengthening and the need for responses from civil society.

The event will be held on, 10th of November, 2012 from 10AM to 1 PM (will close with lunch). At: Ashirwad, St Mark’s Road, Opp State Bank of India (SBI), Bangalore-560 001.

Please do participate in this discussion. We also request you to further forward this invite to others who might be interested in contributing in this issue.

For any clarifications contact Manohar.R (9535037596)

An appeal to the UN Special Rapportuer – Koodankulam

March 26, 2012