Encounter killings: SC refers NHRC plea to a larger bench

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The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench a plea of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking direction to all states for mandatorily giving information to it about any encounter killings in their jurisdiction for the purposes of enquiry. A bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi said it would be appropriate… Read more »

NHRC denies ordering action against Somnath Bharti

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The National Human Rights Commission Monday denied it asked Delhi Police to take action against former AAP minister Somnath Bharti for his controversial campaign against an alleged drug and prostitution racket. “The NHRC has seen news stories that it has given a direction for taking action against Somnath Bharti in the Khirki Extension incident,” said… Read more »

NHRC seeks action against engaging children in polls

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take appropriate action against parties and candidates engaging children for their campaigns for the Lok Sabha polls, an activist said here on Saturday. Acting on a complaint lodged by Odisha based rights activist Akhand, the NHRC has ordered the ECI… Read more »

NHRC notice to UP over minor girl’s death

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh government over the death of a four-year-old girl due to alleged medical negligence. Acting on media reports, the commission asked the UP director general of health services to file a report within four weeks, said an NHRC statement. The media reports said the… Read more »

Legislation has failed to end manual scavenging: NHRC

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Legislation to end the “insidious” practice of manual scavenging has failed in India, which still has 340,000 manual scavengers – a matter of “utter shame,” National Human Rights Commission chairman K.G. Balakrishnan said Friday. “In the 1993 (The Employment of Manual Scavenges and Construction Of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, manual scavenging is an offence but… Read more »

NHRC questions Delhi government over death of homeless

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National Human Rights Commission Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Government seeking a report on the death of two homeless persons near a shelter home here. Notices in this regard have been issued to the Chief Secretary, Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and the Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board of the… Read more »

NHRC issues notice to UP Police director general

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday issued notice to the director general of Uttar Pradesh Police over Monday’s physical assault on some women protestors by policemen in Firozabad. Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that some police personnel were found kicking, slapping and lathi-charging women protestors, the commission has sought a reply… Read more »

NHRC seeks report on senior citizens’ welfare

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Taking note of the failure of the states and union territories to implement the “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007”, the NHRC Tuesday sent notices to them in this regard, seeking a report within six weeks. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) felt that the Act was not being executed “in… Read more »

RTI activist’s torture: NHRC notice to UP Police

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Taking note of reports that the Uttar Pradesh Police was not serious about investigating the physical assault and torture of an RTI activist, the NHRC Tuesday issued notice to the force. Seeking a reply within two weeks, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the director general of police, Uttar Pradesh and senior… Read more »

NHRC notice to Chhattisgarh as women patients sleep on floor

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday issued notice to the Chhattisgarh government after women patients who attended a sterilisation camp were forced to sleep on the floor. According to reports, a sterilisation camp was organised in Dhaneli Kanhar in Kanker district. After the operation, the women were not provided with beds and had to… Read more »