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HPSHRC direct HP Govt to provide night shelters to homeless

Prof Ajai Srivastava, a human rights activist and founder Chairman of Umang Foundation narrated the kinds of human rights violations happening in the State.

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Shimla: HP State Human Rights Commission directed the government to take care of homeless people who are forced to spend their nights out in biting cold, it was reported on Monday.

Dr Ajay Bhandari, a member of the Commission said this in a weekly webinar of Umang Foundation on human rights awareness here on Monday.

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He said HPSHRC will soon launch an awareness campaign with the help of NGOs and Media on human rights.

Dr Ajay Bhandari who was the main speaker in the webinar said that even though the State Commission was formed in 1995 but unfortunately later it became non-functional for 15 years.
There was a little awareness on human rights issues in the State, he added.

Most of the complaints the commission receives are regarding family disputes.

He said the commission will direct the government to provide night shelters to the homeless people who spend nights out on the roads in biting cold weather. It is a serious violation of human rights.
The commission will also suggest to the government to include human rights as a subject in the syllabi at the school and college levels.

Dr Ajay Bhandari also answered questions from the participants.
Trustee of Umang Foundation and convenor of webinar Dr Surender Kumar said it was the 11th weekly programme on human rights awareness in a series to mark 75 years of India’s independence.
Prof Ajai Srivastava, a human rights activist and founder Chairman of Umang Foundation narrated the kinds of human rights violations happening in the State.

He said violation of human rights is a continuing process in our society.

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