Human Rights Manifesto team met Mr. P.G.R Sindhia, National Working President of JDS on 16.03.2018 and handed over the Human Rights Manifesto.

March 17, 2018

Human Rights pic


Distribution of Human Rights Manifesto for Karnataka State Assembly Election to the Political parties.

March 15, 2018



Distribution of Human Rights Manifesto to BJP State Manifesto Office on 14.03.2018.


Distribution of Human Rights Manifesto to Janata Dal- State Committee Office on 14.03.2018.

Research Report on “Internal Complaints Committee at the Police Stations” By SICHREM.

March 1, 2018

This research was conducted by the Students interning with SICHREM to find out the status of the implementation of the Prevention of the Sexual Harassment Act, 2013 in the police station. The importance of the implementation of POSH Act, 2013 can be summarized in one brief sentence, “If the police force watches us, who watches the police force?” The police force needs to be highly aware and sensitive to crimes of nature similar to sexual harassment as the police force deals with all reported victims of sex crimes.

Ultimately, after the research conducted the following data could be ascertained.

ICC was implemented in only 33% or 6 police stations. It was not present in the remaining 66% or 12 police stations. This clearly shows that implementation of POSH act is lacking. Further, the attitude of police people towards this issue was full of stigma. They made all possible attempts to not provide information.

In these 12 police stations without ICC, it could be ascertained that only 4 of them provided an alternate mechanism to deal with the complaints. In these police stations, the victim would complain to the inspector in charge and the inspector would deal with them.  However, there was no check or resolution mechanism if the inspector decides to indulge in sexual harassment.

However, in no police station, there was any information regarding the no of complaints filed or how the cases are dealt with. The researchers went to the Women’s commission to get any information available on the topic. To their surprise, there was no information with the Commission. This is goes against section 21 of the POSH act which details that the ICC has to submit a report to the District officer AND the employer.

On the basis of data collected and the analysis made on the data. It can be reasonably said that despite the International instruments, domestic case laws and domestic legislation, the guarantee of equality of women and men made under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution remains unfulfilled.

Implementation of the POSH Act, 2013 is clearly lacking in the police stations. As long as the POSH act is not implemented, the women working in the police stations are at the risk of being sexually harassed. Ironic, how people appointed to protect the common citizenry of the nation themselves have become vulnerable to sexual harassment.

In order to remedy this situation, Police department has to take the following steps:

  1. Institution of a functional ICC in every police station.
  2. Conducting programs and seminars to increase the level of awareness among the police force.
  3. Issuing clear directives stating that sexual harassment is prohibited at all levels of the police force.


‘MARMARA’ – Tree of life : People speak. SICHREM in collaboration with Vimochana organised a ‘Marmara’ on ‘Gender Sensitization ‘ at Thanisandra Government High School on 23rd February, 2018.

February 24, 2018

State Level Consultation on Human Rights Manifesto by Civil Society at Indian Social Institute -B on 8 February, 2018 organised by SICHREM and Indian Social Institute.

February 8, 2018

Ms. Margaret Sampath, Deputy Director, SICHREM was invited as a guest for a programme ‘ Ondanondu Kaladalli’ a story telling competition for the school children at Radio Active, Jain College on 7th February , 2018 organised by Child Rights Trust, RTE Task Force, ESAF and Sparsha.

February 7, 2018

‘Now is the time to rethink AFSPA’,

February 2, 2018
Appropos the editorial ‘Now is the time to rethink AFSPA’, first of all the Army Chief has no mandate to go public on a policy matter of the Government. This is a democracy and it is not the military to decide whether AFSPA should continue or not. The fact is that the army is enjoying the benefits and privileges of a military rule wherever AFSPA is applied. It is quite natural that they will be unwilling to give up those benefits. Whatever be the situation, using army for internal law and order is undemocratic. Army is meant for fighting enemies beyond borders and not for fighting against your own people. AFSPA has to be lifted without wasting any more time and this legislation itself has to be repealed. 
Mathews Philip