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Promote awareness of human rights

hindu logoFebruary 25, 2010

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had received 10,821 petitions during 2009 and disposed of 9,592 among them, said its Chairperson Justice A.S. Venkatachalamoorthy here on Tuesday.

Speaking at the inaugural session of a training programme on ‘Protection of human rights and to promote awareness on human rights literacy,’ attended by police officers from the south zone, he presented an outline of the functioning of the commission.

AWARENESS: State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice A.S.Venkatachalamurthy addressing a training programme in Madurai.
AWARENESS: State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice A.S.Venkatachalamurthy addressing a training programme in Madurai.

12,000 complaints

On an average, the SHRC received 12,000 complaints a year. In 2008, out of 12,313 petitions, 10,748 were disposed of. Since its inception, the SHRC had 5,274 petitions pending at various stages. From the moment a petition was received, the SHRC scrutinised, verified and inquired into the nature of the complaints.

One-third of the petitions was out of the commission’s purview, he said. Mr. Venkatachalamoorthy said that even petitions that alleged that a police officer refused to acknowledge a complaint or purposely delayed registration were taken up by the commission.

Similarly, complaints of death in police custody or gang rape were also registered by the SHRC for action.

He said that the SHRC took action not only against the police but also against other departments/professionals as well.


Quoting a few examples of human rights violation by doctors, Education Department, Forest Department, Revenue and Transport Department employees, Mr. Venkatachalamoorthy said that the commission would not interfere in the investigation conducted by the police.

Delivering the key-note address, SHRC member A.R. Selvakumar appealed to the police officers to discharge their duty as per law.

The Fire and Rescue Services Director R. Nataraj said that police department was the only organisation which functioned 24×7.

The police, at all levels, had to protect human rights and execute their duty without violating the law. Be it maintenance of law and order or crime prevention, the functioning of police personnel and officers at the station house level was important. Any lackadaisical approach was bound to invite public wrath. Hence, it was essential to work with utmost conscience and render justice, he underlined.

Basic rights

The DIG of Police (Madurai Range) Sandeep Mittal said that human rights were the basic rights of mankind. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madurai city) P.C. Thenmozhi urged the police personnel to understand the rights of others.

As part of the training programme, SHRC Inspector General of Police N. Chenbaharaman, addressed the participants.

The SHRC secretary D. Uthirakkumaran welcomed the gathering. Madurai SP M. Manohar participated.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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