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Indoreans either ignorant or negligent about human rights: NHRC official

Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 2:12pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA

Prof. Sachin Narayan, Special Rapportuer of National Human Right Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday said that people and authorities in Indore are either ignorant or negligent about human rights.

Prof Narayan was in Indore for two days during his state-wide tour to understand the status of ‘violation of Human Rights’ in MP.

During these two days, Prof Narayan visited various government institutions such as District Hospital, Central Jail, Police Station, Juvenile Home, Devi AhilyaVishwaVidyalaya (DAVV) etc. On request, he shared his observations with dna. Anthropologist Prof. Narayan said, “The common man, the intelligentsia, the academicians, the intellectuals, people in tDAVV are not very clear about human rights that are available to them.”

At present, Human Rights have a very wide scope be it buying vegetables in market or visiting a doctor for treatment or other day-to-day instances, he added. During his visit to a police station, Narayan found that an under trial who was held in lock up for five days was beaten up. He said, “Nobody knew about this and if they are aware of the same, they are not raising their concern in public. It implies that either NGOs and newspapers are keeping mute or are not active.”

The treatment meted out to an under trial is inhumane. There are prescribed guidelines for prisons/lock up, such as size of a lock up, ventilation, adequate sunlight and lighting in the cell, safe drinking water but most of the guidelines are not followed, he said.

The anthropologist said, “District hospital here is in a sorry state of affairs.” He added, “Violations of human rights won’t take place if four-five journalists in every city continuously highlight the issues and empower people to raise their voice.”

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