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NHRC camp concludes after hearing 179 cases
The two-day National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) ‘Open Hearing and Camp Sitting’ to address the grievances of the people concluded here on Friday.
In his address, NHRC chairperson Justice HL Dattu said the Commission was deeply concerned about welfare of women as well as SC/STs, mental health and these open hearings/camp sittings were important mechanisms with vital roles.
Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said the camp sitting was a platform providing voice to the people of the State to raise their grievances and get speedy justice at their doorstep. He assured the Commission the full cooperation and commitment of the State in protection and promotion of human rights.
During the two-day sitting, the Commission took up 179 cases in open hearing which were heard by Justice Dattu, and members Justice PC Pant, Jyotika Kalra and Dr Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, a NHRC release said.
These related largely to the grievances and complaints of atrocities against persons belonging to SC/ST communities due to action, inaction or omission by public authorities, bonded labourers issues, police inaction, harassment, etc.
Of the total cases, the Commission recommended compensation of Rs eight lakhs in two cases.
These cases include a case of custodial torture resulting in fracture of both the legs of one person and piercing the cheeks of 20 children as part of a prayer for the speedy recovery of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
In four cases, the Commission has issued show cause notices to the Chief Secretary, asking him to explain as to why compensation should not be recommended to be paid to the victims. These cases include a case of beating and breaking of leg of a 41-year-old man by the police.
The Commission came across the issue of non-release of pension in a number of cases due to pending verification of the community certificate, etc. The Commission closed 71 cases after consideration.
In rest of the matters, the Commission has called for further reports or comments of the complainants.
During the Full Commission hearing, the issues pertaining to silicosis death, houses for marginalised sections of society in Villupuram, dumping of garbage in Chennai city, release and rehabilitation of bonded labourers, relief and rehabilitation for minor girl victims of sexual exploitation, denial of facilities in textile industries, and garments factories in the State were raised.