The three-member Goa Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the police and the administration in a number of cases based on information culled from recent news reports.

The commission, headed by retired Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Praful Kumar Mishra, had already issued notice in two cases about violation of noise pollution laws in Anjuna in north Goa. The police and administration had been given two extensions on the notice, and no more extensions would be given, said an official of the commission here on Thursday.

A report about music played by hoteliers disturbing residents was published in a local newspaper on November 24, 2012.

Sexual abuse

In another case involving molestation of a girl allegedly by a police constable of Mapusa police station, the commission issued notice to constable Prashant Bhavsagar, inspector in charge of Mapusa police station, Superintendent of Police, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary. This was based on a media report on January 22.

Another case, taken up suo motu by the commission, pertained to a press report dated January 23.

According to the report, a 13-year-old boy from Assagao was first assaulted by a bus conductor and then had to wait nearly five hours for the Anjuna police to complete formalities.

The commission issued notice to the Assistant Director of Transport as the matter involved a bus conductor.

The commission also took suo motu cognisance of a news report dated February 8, about a lecturer of a State-owned dental college being accused of sexually abusing a student. It called for a report, as the name of the accused was not mentioned in the news, and said it would order an investigation after it gets the details.

Safety

The human rights commission took up a case based on press reports of February 12, about the Mapusa police station building having developed huge cracks, severely compromising the safety of staff and visitors. It issued notice to all concerned, stating that the right of freedom to live included the right to live with dignity and protection.

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