Report of the convention of PUCL-Karnataka
26th January, 2003
People's Union For
Civil Liberties Karnataka branch met on 26.01.2003 at Bangalore, the convention
was inaugurated by Prof. Ravi Varma Kumar and was followed by a talk by
Prof. Seetharam Kakarla who spoke on "Human Rights and Workers Movement
in the Background of Globalization". Later Prof. Shobha Chaoko spoke
on "Women and Human Rights".
The convention adopted the following resolution:
- It urged the Government
of Karnataka to constitute the State Human Rights Commission at the
- In view of the
increasing atrocities against the dalits in the State, it urged the
Government to constitute a Special Court in every district.
- Throughout Karnataka,
Sangh Parivar is involved in activities which are becoming detrimental
to the communal harmony. It urged the government to take
adequate measures to contain them.
- At Davanagere
Siddalingamurthy, a correspondent of the magazine Slum Jagaruthi was
brutally attacked by the miscreants, it condemned the attack and urge
the government to immediately arrest the guilty.
- In the name of
privatization the central government has been selling the public sector
units, which are leading to the workers misery, the convention urged
the government to stop the process.
- Recently there
is a charge being made by the caste Hindu groups stating that the PCR
and Atrocities Act are being misused by the dalits by foisting false
cases against them, the convention urged the government to publish the
- A brutal attack
on P.B.D'Sa in Mangalore was condemned. It noted that still a few accused
are at large at foreign countries .The convention urged the government
to issue a red bordered warrant to arrest them.
- Recently the atrocities
on commercial sex workers are increasing in Bangalore,
it urged the government to restrain police personnel in this regard.
- Of late there is
increased incidence of custodial deaths in the police stations, it urged
the government to take necessary action to prevent the same.
- The convention
urged the government to abrogate the section 377 of IPC Act.
- It also urged
the government for effective implementation of the Disability Act.
- There has been
an increase in the police violence against sex-workers (female, male,
and hijra) including extortion, physical torture and sexual violence
in Bangalore. This is also impeding the HIV/AIDS awareness work. We
demand immediate stoppage of police violence against sex-workers in
- In view of the
reduction in jobs in government and public sector, the convention urges
the government to bring about reservation in the private sector also.
- Child labour though
banned is rampant, government should take serious steps to implement
the Act (Child Labour Prohibition).
- A law banning
domestic child labour should be introduced in the assembly and be included
in the list of schedule of labour dept.
The state council elected the following as the office bearers of PUCL
of Karnataka for the term 2003-2005.
1. President - Prof. Hasan Mansoor
2. Vice Presidents - P.B.D'Sa, E. Manohar, R. Manohar, and Dr. E. Rathi
3. General Secretaries - Dr. V. Lakshminarayana, Maxwell Kumar, and Prof.
4. Joint Secretaries - Selva Arun, Muddappa, Moosanabba, Smt. Malathi,
and Smt. Geetha
5. Treasurer - Dr. Ramanna
6. Executive Committee Members - Maridandaiah, Maurice Pereira, Smt. Salma,
Renuka Prasad, Ramesh Sankrathi, P.R.S. Mani, and Smt. Parveen -- Dr.