3-day NHRC hearing begins in Kerala capital

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015,20:10 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A three-day ‘Open Hearing’ and ‘Camp Sitting’ of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on matters of human rights violations related to the people of Kerala began at Thiruvananthapuram today.
The NHRC received less number of complaints from Kerala as it had better human rights indices compared to many other states because of high literacy rates, health care and other facilities, but there were still some problems like issue of Endosulphan spraying and its impact on health, which needed to be looked into, said Justice K G Balakrishnan, Chairperson of NHRC.
He said that the Commission has been trying to reach out to people in various parts of the country through its ‘Open Hearings’ of the complaints, according to a statement here. Such hearings along with the disposal of some cases at the ‘Camp Sittings’ have helped in sensitising the government machinery and civil society towards human rights issues, he said.
A K Garg, Registrar (Law), NHRC gave an overview of the issues including child labour, education, health problems which will be taken up during the ‘Camp Sitting’, apart from the complaints related to the scheduled castes.