SICHREM in Media – Police Station raided, Minor rescued.

June 22, 2013

SICHREM in Media

Source : Deccan Chronicle, 22nd 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.

CBI probe sought into minor’s kidnap

May 29, 2013

The Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) has demanded a CBIinquiry into the allegation that a woman volunteer with the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Sichrem) was “involved” in the kidnap and torture of a minor girl. 

A memorandum in this regard was submitted by DSS’s district office-bearers to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sangappa, on Monday.

Complaint lodged

A complaint was lodged by Rukmini, the Superintendent of KGF’s Government Boys’ Home, against Sichrem volunteer, Manjula, at the Andersonpet police station.

The Dalit Sangharsh Samiti workers, however, allege that Manjula, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste (SC) is “a social worker known for her public service in the region”.

A resident of Gandhi Nagar in Kolar, Manjula has been associated with Sichrem in the town since April 2012.

‘Victim of target’

The DSS alleged that Manjula was being “targeted” by Rukmini as she opposed the former’s efforts to bring more inmates to the boys’ home.

A verbal duel also ensued between the two. Rukmini is supported by the President of Child Welfare Committee, Kalai Selvi, and the counsellor, Shilpa, in her efforts to “assassinate” the character of Manjula.

The DSS demanded that those attempting to “mislead” the course of justice be punished.
A CBI inquiry is needed to dig out the truth, it said.


Source : Deccan Herald, 29th May 2013

Fact finding by SICHREM on a case of Child Sexual Abuse

February 6, 2013


Rights panel finds boy illegally detained in police station

December 21, 2011

He has been held for the second time, says police officer

A 16-year-old boy was found by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) illegally detained, handcuffed and chained to a window at the Sampigehalli police station on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the commission received information that the minor had been detained at the police station since December 17. When a team reached the police station, they found the boy seated on a blanket and handcuffed with a leading chain attached to the bars of a window.

In the release, chairperson of the commission Nina Nayak said that the boy appeared to be in pain and showed several fresh bruises on his torso, arms and legs. He said that he was given little food and was chained since Saturday evening. He claimed that he was picked up by the police on December 17 at around 9.30 p.m. near his home at Sadiq Layout, Thaneersandra, when he was going to a pharmacy to purchase medicines. The boy alleged that he was beaten by several police men at the station.

The release stated that the boy’s parents received a call that he was at the police station. When they went there, they were not allowed to meet him. The boy’s father Dastagi, a welder, reportedly produced documents showing that his son was 16.

Mr. Dastagi claimed that his son was an eighth standard school drop-out. He told the commission that the police gave him no reason for picking up his son. The policemen all alleged that the boy had stolen money and three mobile phones.

The commission contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda, who deputed Assistant Commissioner of Police M.N. Chandrappa to look into the matter. When questioned by Mr. Chandrappa and Ms. Nayak, Sampigehalli inspector K. Nanjunde Gowda refuted the claims made by the boy. He claimed that the boy was picked up on Tuesday. However, no complaint against the boy had been received at the station, the release said.

The commission was informed that no diary entry had been made or FIR filed. The inspector also stated that there was another case pending in the neighbouring police station and the boy was picked up for inquiry.

Both the Assistant Commissioner of Police and the inspector assured the commission that the boy would be presented before a member of the Juvenile Justice Board. The commission has directed the inspector to submit records pertaining to the apprehension of the minor by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A complaint has been lodged at the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission by SICHREM.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ravikanthe Gowda told The Hindu that the boy has been arrested for the second time. He said that the minor was a habitual offender and that he was involved in four theft cases. After the arrest, the stolen goods were recovered from him, he added.

Need an operation? Just wait till Monday

November 17, 2011

Patients at Bowring Hospital’s orthopaedic unit II are normally operated upon on Mondays. But with the last two Mondays being holidays, Bhupathi Kumar is in for a long wait.

Bhupathi Kumar was given a bed only after a human rights body stepped in

Doctors at Bowring Hospital postponed the surgery of a 38-year-old accident victim as it was a government holiday on Monday. Worse, he’s been asked to wait till next Monday for the surgery. If his turn comes, that is. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken up the case.
Bhupathi Kumar has been lying on the floor outside the general ward at Bowring Hospital for the past few days after an accident on Hosur Road on Sunday.
Kumar was waiting for a bus to Tamil Nadu at around 10 o’clock when a speeding bike ran over his right leg. People at the spot called the local police who shifted him to Bowring Hospital in an 108 ambulance.
There are three orthopaedic units at Bowring Hospital and Kumar was admitted to unit two which comes under Dr Manoj. Dr Manoj administered first-aid and said he needed a surgery. But after that, no doctor has looked him up. Once in a while, Kumar is checked on by a trainee or intern.

Long wait

“I am suffering a lot and I’m afraid of losing my right leg. But they say orthopaedic surgeries for unit two patients are conducted only on Mondays. Last Monday, it was Kanaka Jayanti and the Monday before was Bakrid, so no surgeries were carried out.
As a result, doctors say there are many patients waiting to be operated on, and I will get a chance only if there is time. Otherwise, I have to wait for another Monday,” Kumar told Bangalore Mirror.
“I’m not blaming any doctor here but if at all I lose my leg due to a delay in surgery, where will my family go and who will look after them? I am a very poor man and I can’t go to a private hospital. They made me sleep on the floor for three days and are now asking me to wait till Monday,” Kumar said.

Rights body steps in

Kumar got a bed only after the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) stepped in.
“We heard about Kumar’s case and went to the hospital to check. Not only Kumar but many other patients needing orthopaedic surgery are waiting. Will the injury wait till Monday? If something serious happens to Kumar, who will be responsible? We have complained to SHRC and they will be inspecting the hospital soon,” Prakash Cariappa, fact-finding coordinator for SICHREM, told Bangalore Mirror.

Doctors’ take

Doctors from Bowring have a different story. They say that they would have carried out the surgery if it was truly an emergency since they have a 24/7 operation theatre.
“It is true that we conduct orthopaedic surgeries for unit two on Mondays. I haven’t come across this case but we never wait in case of emergencies, even if it’s a government holiday,” said Dr H Satish Chandra, medical superintendent, Bowring Hospital.
“We are here to work and even we are human beings and know the value of people. If it is an emergency, I will arrange for an operation. Please send the patient’s attender to me and I will go and check,” he said.
He also said that if at all Kumar was made to wait, there would have been some valid reason.
However, he had no answer as to why Kumar was kept waiting even when one of the inhouse doctors said he needed a surgery.

If I lose my leg due to a delay in surgery, where will my family go?