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NHRC open hearing in city on Sept 12, 13
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) would take up the plight of thousands of garment factory workers in Tamil Nadu, families living without shelter in Villupuram, and people suffering from silicosis for hearing during a two-day camp that is scheduled to be held in Chennai from Thursday.
These are among the 10 important cases that the rights body would hear during the ‘open hearing and camp sitting’ to be held for the speedy disposal of cases from Tamil Nadu, the commission announced on Monday.
Besides hearing cases, the Commission would also sensitise government officials about human rights and interact with representatives of NGOs, human rights activists and transpersons.
According to a statement, it would take up 179 cases during the camp, which would be heard by its Chairperson Justice HL Dattu and members including Justice PC Pant, Jyotika Kalra and DnyaneshwarM Mulay.
These cases relate to the grievances and complaints of atrocities against the people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities because of action, inaction or omission by the public authorities.
Apart from the complaints received in response to the public notices, the Commission has also decided to take up some of the cases which were already under its consideration. The concerned authorities have been asked to remain present at the hearing.
Later, the Chairperson and members would brief the outcome of the open hearing and camp sitting as well as discussions with the NGOs and senior government officials for wider dissemination of information on the human rights issues and action taken by the NHRC for their protection and promotion.
So far, the Commission has held such camps and open hearings at all the southern States, and also Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, among other States and Union Territories.