Human Rights

  • Lok Sabha polls: Jailed Irom Sharmila not allowed to cast vote in Manipur 17-04-2014 02:51 PM

    Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was on Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law. "Under Section 62 (5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,...
  • Police should be sensitive on human right issues, says Rajasthan DGP 09-04-2014 06:17 PM

    Policemen should be alert and sensitive towards human right issues while performing their duties, Director General of Rajasthan Police said on Wednesday. "Policemen should ensure safety and security of human lives and their goods, besides keeping an eye on the human rights very sensitively," DGP Omendra Bhardwaj said at the...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC 27-03-2014 05:56 PM

    Geneva: India on Thursday abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. A tweet from the Ministry of External...
  • NHRC notice to UP government over minor girl's death 04-03-2014 09:13 PM

    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....
  • NHRC issues notice to Chhattisgarh over assault on woman 26-02-2014 05:58 PM

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to Chhattisgarh over the assault of a 65-year-old woman suspected of practising witchcraft. As per media reports, the woman was brutally beaten and her head tonsured after she was suspected of practising witchcraft by people of Korba district. "We have...
  • Karnataka SHRC orders probe after police beat up foreign tourists 22-02-2014 12:39 PM

    Bangalore: The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission has ordered a probe after reports of the police brutality in the tourist town of Gokarana. A Facebook campaign launched by tourists from 26 countries complained of police atrocities on Valentine's Day. SHRC member Meera Saksena said, "We call for a report from...
  • With no laws to protect, India's maids are exploited, abused, says ILO 20-02-2014 06:19 PM

    Millions of maids working in middle class Indian homes are part of up an informal and "invisible" workforce where they are abused and exploited due to a lack of legislation to protect them, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. Economic reforms that began in the early 1990s have...
  • UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability 17-02-2014 09:57 PM

    Geneva: A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a nation's leader. But in a letter accompanying a yearlong...
  • Tihar Jail inmates go on hunger strike over new rule on meeting kin 13-02-2014 12:16 AM

    New Delhi: More than 50 inmates of Tihar Jail have gone on a hunger strike against a recent guideline by prison authorities which allows them to meet their relatives only once a week instead of the two times which was the norm before. As per fresh guidelines issued by Tihar...
  • NHRC issues notices to Ranchi DM, SSP over death of student 11-02-2014 12:43 AM

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to district authorities of Ranchi in Jharkhand in connection with the death of a young student allegedly due to corporal punishment given to him by his school teacher. Notices in this regard were issued to the District Magistrate and Senior...
  • JD(U) minister Shyam Rajak highlights plight of dalits in Gujarat 29-01-2014 08:00 PM

    Attacking Narendra Modi's development model, JD(U) minister Shyam Rajak on Wednesday alleged that he had failed to provide an alternative source of livelihood to the dalit people in Gujarat engaged in manual scavenging. "The fact that about 12,000 dalit people in Gujarat are still engaged in manual scavenging for living...
  • Sonia Gandhi not to depose in human rights violation case: Attorney 27-01-2014 03:53 PM

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will not depose in US in a human rights violation lawsuit filed against her by a Sikh rights group, her attorney has said. Responding to a demand made by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Sonia's attorney Ravi Batra told that she will not depose in the case....
  • NUJS to have policy against sexual harassment of interns 13-01-2014 12:12 PM

    Hit by successive complaints by two of its ex-students about sexual harassment during internship, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WB NUJS) on Monday said they were giving final touches to a policy to handle such cases. WB NUJS spokesperson Ruchira Goswami told that the premier legal varsity...
  • Sexual harassment: Ganguly blames WB government, SC panel 08-01-2014 02:11 PM

    New Delhi: Maintaining his defiant stand on the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by a law intern, former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly on Wednesday hit out at the West Bengal government of hatching a conspiracy against him and blamed the Supreme Court for going out of its...
  • Human Rights Commission receives 4782 complaints in 2013, highest since inception 06-01-2014 04:16 PM

    The Bihar Human Rights Commission received 4,782 complaints last year, the highest since itsinception six years ago, indicating growing faith of thepeople to seek its help for redressal of their grievances.BHRC, on its part, has disposed of 3,452 complaints, (72per cent), Commission member Neelmani said. Both the number of complaints...
  • Cabinet set to decide on Justice Ganguly's fate as WBHRC chief 02-01-2014 02:27 PM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is all set to decide on former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly's fate as West Bengal Human Rights Panel chief. The Ministry of Home Affairs note has listed three allegations against Ganguly including sexually harassing a law intern, according to sources. The allegations also include his...
  • NHRC seeks report from UP govt on child deaths in relief camps 26-12-2013 09:14 PM

    The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday sought reports from the Uttar Pradesh government and the district authorities of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli on reported death of around 40 children due to extreme cold in relief camps meant for riot victims. According to an NHRC statement released on Thursday, the step...
  • NUJS faculty says Justice Ganguly undermined ideals, demands his exit 25-12-2013 06:58 PM

    Kolkata: In more embarrassment for retired Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly in the sexual harassment case, the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) faculty has demanded that the institute disassociate itself from him. In a letter written to NUJS administration, the faculty has said that he undermined the ideals of...
  • Uttarakhand Human Rights Commission's seminar to sensitise officials begins today 20-12-2013 01:07 PM

    Uttarakhand Human Rights Commission will hold a two-day seminar in Dehradun on Friday to sensitise officials who interact directly with people about human rights issues. Giving the information to reporters, Uttarakhand Human Rights Commission Chairman retired Justice Vijendra Jain said nearly 400 officials of the police, revenue police, law and...
  • Despite mounting pressure, Justice AK Ganguly refuses to resign 20-12-2013 07:38 AM

    New Delhi: Retired Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly has reiterated his stand that he will not resign as the Chairperson of West Bengal Human Rights Commission even as the pressure is mounting on him. A law intern has named Justice AK Ganguly as an accused of allegedly sexually harassing her....
  • Sexual harassment case: Justice Ganguly once again says he won't quit 19-12-2013 09:23 PM

    New Delhi: Justice AK Ganguly has once again reiterated that he will not resign as West Bengal Human Rights Commission Chairperson over allegations of sexually harassing a law intern. Ganguly said on Thursday that he would rather apply a wait and watch policy over the developments into the case. The...
  • Lawyers divided on whether Justice Ganguly should quit WBHRC 19-12-2013 09:29 AM

    Kolkata: The legal community in Kolkata is divided on whether former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly should step down as West Bengal Human Rights Commission Chairman. This even as the Centre is paving the way for possible action against him on allegations of sexual harassment. The Home Ministry has...
  • Bihar rights panel orders action in Nepal politician's death 18-12-2013 01:45 PM

    The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has ordered action against two state police officials for the detention and subsequent death of a Nepali politician in a shootout, an official said on Wednesday. The BHRC has also directed the state government to pay compensation of Rs.1 lakh to the family of...
  • Sexual harassment: MHA seeks legal opinion on FIR against AK Ganguly 18-12-2013 11:20 AM

    New Delhi: The government seems to be paving the way for action against former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly after allegations of sexual harassment against him. Sources say that the Home Ministry is now seeking legal opinion on the matter. Sources say the legal opinion is being sought to...
  • Devyani arrest: Human Rights Watch writes article defending US govt 18-12-2013 09:41 AM

    New York: The US Human Rights Watch has come out in support of the US government, saying that Strip-search raises questions, but allegations on Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade remain. In an article, the US Human Rights Watch said that the strip-searching of people raises important questions but Devyani took...
  • AK Ganguly seeks 4 weeks to respond to NCW notice on sexual harassment 18-12-2013 12:11 AM

    New Delhi: Pressure is mounting on former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly to resign from the post of Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission in the wake of sexual harassment charges leveled against him by a woman lawyer. Justice Ganguly has sought four weeks' time from National Commission...
  • 'Time to resign, Your Lordship' 17-12-2013 09:36 AM

    The Chief Justice read the mood of a post-Nirbhaya nation when he constituted a 3 member committee of 2 incumbent Chief Justices of India and a lady judge to enquire into the allegations against Justice Ganguly on the basis of a blog written by the victim. The victim as well...
  • AK Ganguly defiant, questions motive to leak affidavit, says won't quit 16-12-2013 01:52 PM

    Kolkata: Amidst growing uproar over his resignation, former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly has maintained that he will not resign from the post of Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission. "I have explained everything to the Supreme Court Committee. I will not resign and step down from the...
  • Government may step in if Justice Ganguly does not resign: Sibal 16-12-2013 01:18 PM

    New Delhi: As demands for the resignation of Justice AK Ganguly from the position of Chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission galore, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that the government may intervene in the matter if the former Supreme Court judge does not resign. Stating...
  • Undertrial of Dasna Jail branded on his waist with a hot iron rod 12-12-2013 11:29 AM

    An undertrial inmate of Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh has told a local court that he was branded on his waist with a hot iron rod by a jail official for refusing to cough up a bribe. The matter came up in court on Tuesday as a local...