An Anti Child Labour Day Program was held on the 12th of June 2013 in Kolar, T. Chnaiya Rangamandra. IT was organized by the Labor Department and Childline – Kolar. About 800 children participated in the program. There was a rally too which started at 10.00AM which started at Gandhi Square. A few photos are shown below on the same.
Over 250 students of St Joseph’s School of Arts and Science gathered on Wednesday, to express their solidarity with victims of human rights violations on the occasion of United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
However, as rains lashed the city, the rally could not begin from the college premises as planned.
Holding a candle light vigil, along with members of the South Indian Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), students of the institution got together and voiced their solidarity for victims of rape, assault, suffocation, electric shocks, forced starvation, sleep deprivation and among other forms of physical and psychological torture.
Executive Director of SICHREM Ashok Mathews Philip said that there is a need to prevent assaults and rehabilitate the victims. “Many prisoners are violated by police authorities, people are subjected to domestic violence and children are punished badly. All these are violations and perpetrators need to be prosecuted,” he said.
Hamsa, a second-year BSc Biotechnology student, said that the New Delhi gang-rape and Manipal incident shows that more people need to come out and voice their opposition to such heinous crimes.
Source : The New Indian Express, 27th June 2013.
The Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) has demanded a CBI inquiry 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.
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
PRESS RELEASE – SICHREM Condemns Killings of Congress Party leaders and all others by Maoists in Dharba Ghati of Sukma District, ChhattisgarhMay 29, 2013
The South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) strongly condemns the ambush and killing of a Congress party election cavalcade by the CPI (Maoist) party in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, 25th May, 2013, resulting in the death of more 30 people which included politicians, security personnel and locals of the area and critically injuring former Union Minister V.C. Shukla.
SICHREM denounces as totally unacceptable, the abduction, kidnapping and killing of NK Patel(Congress Party President) and his son Dinesh.Salwa Judum’s founder, Mahendra Karma was also killed. SICHREM expresses its deepest condolences to the families of all those who were killed.
SICHREM’s stand, is that, under no circumstances can acts of brutality be justified, even if they be in response to equally heinous and brutal acts unleashed by the state or non state forces.
Even while, politicians across the political spectrum are terming this act, as an attack on democracy, it should also not be forgotten that every time an adivasi is killed, jailed, houses burnt, women raped etc they only be termed as collateral damage in the ‘Operation Green Hunt’, whereas it is an attack on democracy and human rights. Complaints are a plenty of state security forces committing torture, secret detentions, abductions, enforced disappearances, unfair trials, arbitrary and prolonged incommunicado detention which is going on for all these years with impunity.
While SICHREM firmly condemns the violence of the Maoists and acknowledges the constitutional duty and responsibility cast on the Governments to protect the life of all people it equally stresses that whatever be the situation, the state forces must act within the confines of law.
SICHREM asserts that any counter strategies devised by the Government should adhere strictly to the rule of law, constitution and specific standards and obligations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Important to note in this regard is the, Declaration on Upholding Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Combating Terrorism,2005 (“A pervasive security-oriented discourse promotes the sacrifice of fundamental rights and freedoms in the name of eradicating terrorism. There is no conflict between the duty of States to protect the rights of persons threatened by terrorism and their responsibility to ensure that protecting security does not undermine other rights. On the contrary, safeguarding persons from terrorist acts and respecting human rights both form part of a seamless web of protection incumbent upon the State. Both contemporary human rights and humanitarian law allow States a reasonably wide margin of flexibility to combat terrorism without contravening human rights and humanitarian legal obligations”).
SICHREM joins in appeal with all other democratic and peace loving citizens for the immediate stopping of killings and violence by both the State and the Maoists.
Bangalore Solidarity Protest and Candle Light Vigil to Support People’s Struggle Against Koodankulam Nuclear Power PlantMarch 28, 2012
Stop Custodial Violence on Women
“Giving me electric shocks, stripping me naked, shoving stones inside me… Was the abuse on me not enough?…
This is a plea from a helpless daughter…This is a mother’s plea for her children”
Soni Sori in a letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
A protest against the custodual torture and sexual assault of Soni Sori and many such women was organised by various womens groups, civil society organisations and people’s movements in Bangalore on 24th March 2012, Saturday, at Town Hall Steps, at 6.PM.
The demands are,
- Immediately transfer Soni Sori out of the custody of Chhattisgarh police and ensure the provision of appropriate health care to Soni Sori without police interference.
- Set up an independent investigation into the conduct of Chhattisgarh law enforcement officials in the custodial sexual assault and torture of Soni Sori, and the immediate suspension of the responsible officers and prosecution under the PoA Act pending this inquiry
- Ensure the speedy completion of trial of Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi so that they do not languish for years in custody when their guilt has not been proven.
- Show public proof of the good health and safety of Lingaram Kodopi and other prisoners in Chhattisgarh police custody.
- Set up a high-level independent investigation team to look at the condition of prisoners, especially women, including in the state of Chhattisgarh, to determine whether other women may have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, and investigate the reality of prisoners’ access to health care.
- Enact the Prevention of Torture Bill and remove the need for prior state authorization to initiate criminal action against the officials implicated in custodial torture. Ratify the Convention on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
- Ensure that the latest central government grants to states to set up police stations in Maoist areas include support for independent monitoring of detention facilities including station lockups and jails by human rights commissions and civil society groups. Consider requiring police to videotape interrogations, especially in police stations in Naxalite areas.
- Work with civil society groups to train police on proper conduct toward women in custody.
- End the use of custodial torture, lengthy custodial holding on false charges, and constant police harassment as tools of repression against the adivasi and other residents of Chhattisgarh.