KARNATAKA

Awareness on human rights has increased, says Nayak

Addressing problems: Chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission S.R. Nayak looking at the complaint of a man in Dharwad on Tuesday.

Addressing problems: Chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission S.R. Nayak looking at the complaint of a man in Dharwad on Tuesday.  

Staff Correspondent

5,500 cases registered with Karnataka State Human Rights Commission



The human rights commission has registered

over 1,000 suo motu cases



Several complaints pertain to functioning of government hospitals



DHARWAD: The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission has registered over 1,000 suo motu cases based on reports in newspapers and electronic media, Chairman of the commission S.R. Nayak said here on Tuesday.

Addressing presspersons after holding a review meeting with officials and hearing grievances of the public, Mr. Nayak said till December 5,500 cases had been registered with the commission. Of them, 2,500 cases had been disposed of.

Increased awareness on human rights and activities of the commission had resulted in more number of cases being registered with the commission, he said.

Mr. Nayak said he had received several complaints pertaining to functioning of government hospitals from various districts and Dharwad district was no exception to this. There were also complaints pertaining to attacks on members of minority communities, death of students because of punishment and ill-treatment by teachers and other issues.

Mr. Nayak said the commission had taken steps to dispose of cases within short time.

However, he was upset that the State Government had failed to provide necessary infrastructure and personnel for smooth functioning of the commission.

Mr. Nayak said the commission needed adequate office space and also adequate number of personnel to dispose of cases pertaining to public grievances within minimum time. The commission was in need of 103 officers and personnel, including six deputy superintendents of police and six superintendents of police, he said.

With the objective of creating awareness on social evils and human rights the commission had imparted preliminary training to police officials in the six zones of the State, he said.

To a query, Mr. Nayak said the commission had plans to work in the field of ensuring of basic amenities to the public.

Earlier, chairing the meeting, Mr. Nayak asked officials to discharge their duties responsibly for protecting human rights.

Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain, Superintendent of Police D. Prakash and Assistant Commissioner Mahantesh Bilagi were among those present.

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