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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Jun 20: "The police have no right to arrest individuals or take them away for interrogation in any case without serving notices on the individuals concerned or family members. If the police transgress this rule, that would be treated as violation of human rights," said chairperson of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), Meera Saxena.
She was speaking after inaugurating a workshop organized in the office of the city police commissioner here on Monday June 19 under the aegis of KSHRC, police department, Global Concerns India, Academy of Gandhian Studies, as well as Justice and Care, on the subjects of human rights, gender equality and human trafficking for the police personnel.
Saxena advised police personnel never to barge into houses at night and arrest people without serving them notices, and resort to inhuman torture during interrogation. "This clearly violates law. If the individual suffers from ill health on account of this torture, it will have adverse impact on the department. One should solve cases by staying within the limits of law. Although many a time police are unable to deal problems emotionally or on humanitarian grounds, they should never forget to abide by duty consciousness and law," she advised.
She encouraged people to bring to the notice of the commission about cases of human rights violation so that help can be extended to the people facing injustice. She assured that the identity of such informants will be kept a secret. "Even when the information given is found to be false, we do not harm the informants," she assured. She also told the police that they should desist from negotiating a deal between warring parties, asserting that people who have faced injustice in the eyes of law should get justice. She added that in tune with the demand about providing human rights information to children, from next year onward, entire information on human rights would be provided to children through curriculum.