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Aug 11, 2008

Human Rights Awareness Programme

Former Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, Justice M. Karpaga Vinayagam (third right) handing over a shield to one of the achievers at a function organised by Consumer and Human Rights Legal Aid Foundation in the city on Sunday. Complaints about violation of human and consumer rights are nothing but indicators of the failure of duty by a section of society and bureaucrats, said former Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, M. Karpaga Vinayagam, here on Sunday.

He was speaking at the ‘Mupperum Vizha’ of the Consumer and Human Rights Legal Aid Foundation organised to mark the annual day, distribution of awards and release of souvenir.Mr. Karpaga Vinayagam lauded the growing levels of awareness among the people on the need to fight rights. People who stake claims for rights should first understand and realise their responsibilities. Violations of rights were nothing but failure of responsibility by a section of society, he said.

People generating awareness on rights should first start fighting corrupt practices.Demandingdowry was also a heinous crime, he said. Justice J.A.K. Sampathkumar, Chairman of the Human Rights Authority, Puducherry, said that most of the rights violations were self-inflicted ones. K. Selvarajan, a paediatric surgeon, said that the growing levels of awareness and increasing number of such organisations are an indicator of depleting human values.

He said that willingness to serve with a smile would end all issues of rights violations.Mayor R. Venkatachalam exhorted the foundation to strive for generating awareness among more people so that the culture of rights violations and corrupt practices die a natural death. V. Sekar of the Coimbatore Diabetic Foundation promised support of his institution in all public service initiatives. General Secretary of the Foundation A.K. Rajendran said that the objective of the foundation was to spread awareness on rights both legal and consumer besides extending legal assistance. The foundation that made a simple beginning last year has now 4,000 members and 200 branches.

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