SHRC takes serious note over ragging incidents in K'taka

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Bangalore, Oct 24 (UNI) Taking strong exception over the spurt in the incidents of ragging in many educational institutions the State, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) today issued notice to the state government asking it to take measures taken to arrest the menace.

Addressing newspersons here today SHRC Chairman Justice S R Nayak said that the Commission had taken serious note of the incidents of ragging, which continued to haunt large number of educational institutions, particularly in Bangalore. "We have asked the government to file an affidavit on the issue," he said.

Referring to media reports over such incidents taking place in Justice Nayak said, "SHRC asks the government to take stern action against those responsible for such incidents and bring in foolproof methods to prevent it." The SHRC also set deadline of one month to state government to file report on the issue, he said.

Justice Nayak also informed that Government's attention was also drawn towards the deplorable state of affairs in Observation Homes where Juvenile prisoners were kept. While directing the state government to adhere to the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 in providing proper facilities.

On SHRC team's visit to Menasinahadya village where three people were killed in police encounter, he said he and his team heard the version of both Police involved in the encounter and the members of the victims' family.

The SHRC had received several memorandums by the villages in the naxal affected areas on the failure of the state government in providing basic amenities to the residents of within the forest area and also threats received from extremist Maoist activists.

The state government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Menasinahadya incident while national SHRC had also sought a similar inquiry from district police.

SHRC had also instructed the district administration to ensure the availability of basic needs of the people including access to education, health and proper motorable roads, he said.

UNI

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