GUWAHATI, May 18 - Of the 43 cases considered by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) during its two-day sitting here, a monetary relief of Rs 259.5 lakh was recommended for payment to the victims or their families in 10 such cases of rights violation in Assam and Meghalaya.The Commission also issued a show cause notice to the Assam Government in a case of alleged death in police custody as to why monetary relief of Rs 3 lakh be not recommended for the next of kin of the deceased, besides Rs 50,000 for the injured.
In 13 cases, the reports received were taken on record for their analysis by the investigation division of the Commission and further consideration. In other cases, further time was granted for submission of requisite reports.
The Chairman of the NHRC, Justice HL Dattu, said that the 43 cases that the Commission took up for consideration include uses related to the forest rights of Chakma people, the incident of massacre which took place in 2014, trafficking of girls and child labour among others.
Replying to a question on the functioning of the State Human Rights Commission without a head, Dattu said that it was the responsibility of the State Government to address those issues and the NHRC can only recommend changes at the most.