Functions of the Commission

The Commission has been functioning to increase awareness about human rights and to enlighten people about the measures for protection of human rights and helping those who have suffered on account of violation of human rights.  The Commission takes necessary steps:

 

  • To take suo moto cognizance of a complaint in respect of the incidents of violation of human rights or its abetment and the public servants who have neglected its prevention and/or register a complaint made by the victims of violation of human rights and/or those made on their behalf.

 

  • To inquire into complaints and make orders therein, as per law.

 

  • To create awareness about human rights in the teaching staff and the students in universities and other educational institutions, by and to train them, by organizing workshops and by holding meetings.

 

  • To encourage organizing workshops/programmes/meetings to create knowledge and awareness about human rights in different sections of the society and providing knowledge to the public servants who are undergoing training in the State run Administrative Training Institute, Mysuru, Karnataka Police Academy, Mysuru and Abdul Nazir State Rural Development Institute and elsewhere.

 

  • To call on those who are in custody in jails for investigation and hearing and those who are lodged in other institutions for correction, protection, etc. to study their state of affairs and to make necessary recommendations to the government.

 

  • To publish books to create social awareness about human rights.

 

  • To encourage non-governmental organizations to create social awareness about the measures to protect human rights.

 

The Commission is deemed to be a civil court, when it is enquiring into a complaint under the Act and all the proceedings of the Commission are deemed to be the proceedings of a civil court.

 Receiving complaints from the general public by the Chairperson and the Members of the Commission, from the general public, during their visits across the State, to take cognizance of the complaints made by them and to visit the spots and consider them; to visit the places of incidents and to solve the issues and to create awareness among the officers/staff and general public.

 

With a view to create awareness in the general public about human rights, 10th December of each year is being celebrated as World Human Rights Day, since 2012 at the State level and District levels.

 

To improve staff attendance and to make them time-sensitive, a biometric gadget has been installed in the Commission.

 

The National Human Rights Commission in co-operation with the National Informatics Centre, has developed ‘Complaints Management System’ and the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission has also adopted this system, since November, 2014.  Complaints can be lodged on line, so that the complainants can know the stage of their complaints, on line. This procedure avoids filing of complaints both before the National Human Rights Commission and Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.  This system, if used properly, facilitates speedy management of the complaints, easy identification and also to take back the complaint.

 

In order to save the general public from personally approaching the Commission for the redressal of their grievances, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission has opened ‘helpline’ facility with toll free No.1800-425-23333, with effect from 06/3/2015 and the Commission can be approached through the said toll free number and/or also through e-mail.

 

Since December, 2014, the Commission has been publishing a tri-monthly “MANAVA HAKKU VARTHE’, containing the activities of the Commission.

 

The Commission has scanning facility for the preservation of old documents and access them at ease, whenever necessary.

 

As a whole, the Commission has been responding to the violation of human rights in society. The Commission has also been recommending compensation to the victims of human rights violations.

 

The Commission during different periods has provided and is providing opportunities to the law students across the country and from abroad to do their internships.  During the current year, nine law students have done their internship in the Commission.

 

Last Updated: 26-02-2020 04:51 PM Updated By: Admin