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Seminar, protest demos organised

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 18:59 IST

WORLD HUMAN Rights Day was observed  in Bhopal on Sunday in different modes. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) organised a seminar on ‘Human Rights of Victims and Women’ in association with the State police and NGOs working in the field of women emancipation, while destitute women and gas victims formed a human chain to press for their demand of clean drinking water and social security pension.

On the other hand slum dwellers formed a human chain against forcible eviction. In Betul, hundreds of tribals formed a human chain and raised slogans describing the hype over ‘human rights’ as an eyewash.

Key speaker at the SHRC seminar was former chairman of National Human Rights Commission Justice A S Anand. Governor Dr Balram Jakhar inaugurated the seminar. Participants focussed on neglect of victims of crime in terms of human rights protection and said remedies must be devised to address wrongs done to them and their consequent fall outs.

Retired Supreme Court judge Justice P V Reddy, SHRC Chairman Justice D M Dharmadhikari, Director General of Police (DGP) Anand Rao Pawar, Director National Judicial Academy Prof Dr Mohan Gopal, Director National Law Institute University Dr Bal Raj Chauhan and others participated in the seminar.

A group of slum dwellers formed a human chain at Nehru Nagar Square under the banner of NGO ‘Shahar Hamara Hai’ to protest against their forcible eviction and inability of the SHRC to check it.

Destitute women, under the banner of ‘Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Manch’, formed a human chain at Neelam Park to press for their demand of regular payment of social security pension and supply of safe drinking water in gas-affected colonies.

Daily wage employees of the State Government took out a rally on the occasion to demand a change in policy for their regularization.

Hundreds of tribals, under the banner of Shramik Adivasi Sangthan, assembled at Betul district headquarters, formed a human chain and raised slogans to drive home their contention that all the hype of human rights and its protection was an eyewash in the absence of sensitive administration committed to do justice to the people.