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10 November 2015

It is important that human rights education is introduced right from school: KSHRC chief

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium It is important that human rights education is introduced right from school: KSHRC chief

New Delhi, Nov 10 (ENA)  It is ironical that criminals are quite familiar with the nuances of law while innocents are ignorant of law, and in most cases they do not even know who to complain to.  Therefore, it is important that human rights education is introduced right from school,” acting Chairperson of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), Meera C Saksena said.

Speaking at the inaugural event of the 12th Refresher Course in Human Rights organised by UGC-Human Resource Development Centre and Department of Studies in Law, University of Mysore on November-6, she said that protecting the human rights of the vulnerable sections of the society is vital for the cause of human rights, according to a report by The Hindu.

Saksena acknowledged the fact that many of disadvantaged groups such as women, children, differently abled, linguistic and religious minorities and poorer sections are not aware of their rights and therefore not in a position to protect them.

She also pointed to the khaki uniform which gives police a sense of power, and high handedness as a result of which victims do not always complain.

According to her KSHRC since it was set up in 2007 has received 52,000 complaints of which 38,000 have been disposed off leaving 15,000 to be cleared, the media report said.

Also speaking on the occasion, Director, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Lingaraja Gandhi said, that Human Rights studies are assuming importance in the academia in recent days.

“The role of academia is vital in resolving human rights issues. The State alone cannot prevent violations of Human Rights nor protect and promote them. The civil society and academia should join hands in the cause of human rights – ‘right to be human’ – cause,” he said.

It is in the absence human values, the question of human rights arise. It should be the role of academia to spread human values and sensitize society towards fundamental human duties so that the human rights are naturally ensured, Gandhi added.

According to the Hindu report, more than 45 assistant professors from colleges and universities across the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra are taking part in the three-week refresher course.  (ENA Bureau)

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