The Supreme Court expressed its displeasure after it was told that the committee constituted as per the recommendations of M K Bezbaruah committee has met only three times in the last four years. The bench was acting on a plea filed by one Dr Alana Golmei seeking implementation of the Bezbaruah Committee report for protection of the rights of people from north eastern states. The Bezbaruah Committee was constituted by Union home ministry on February, following the shocking attack and murder in a busy market place of a 19 year old student from the North east. It was mandated to look into the various concerns of persons hailing from the North Eastern states who are living in different parts of the country, especially the metropolitan areas, and to suggest suitable remedial measures which could be implemented by the government. The Committee under the chairmanship of former Union Secretary and member North east council MP Bezbaruah had submitted its report to the Ministry of home affairs in July the same year. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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More than a month after the member committee headed by retired IAS officer M P Bezbaruah submitted its report on the discrimination against racial attacks on members the North East community, the Centre continues to remain silent on its key findings.
The committee was set up following the shocking attack and murder of year-old Nido Tania at a South Delhi market in January. Details of the report have now emerged after the home ministry was asked to submit a copy of the report to the Delhi High Court. The report was submitted on Wednesday. The Delhi High Court has now given the Centre time till September 10 to submit a report on what action it has taken since the report was submitted.
The page report paints a grim picture of the nature and extent of discrimination and attacks against the North East community.
It provides a comprehensive list of short-term and long-term measures that must be taken by the government to counter discrimination against the community. The report estimates that over two lakh people from the North East have migrated to Delhi between and and that about 86 percent of them have faced discrimination.
It also finds that Delhi is the worst offender among the metro cities when it comes to racial discrimination against people from the North East. Here are five key recommendations made by the Bezbaruah Committee on tackling discrimination against the community:.
New law against discrimination: Either a new law should be promulgated as directed by the High Court of Delhi or the Indian Penal Code should be amended. The offence should be cognizable and non-bailable. The investigation of the FIR should be completed in 60 days by a special squad and investigated by a police officer not below the rank of deputy SP or ACP. A special prosecutor should be appointed to handle all such cases of atrocities.
And the trial should be completed in 90 days. Fast-track courts and special police squads: The Committee strongly suggests the creation of fast-track courts for handling the cases relating to the North East people, particularly those which are racially motivated and involving heinous crimes against the North East women and children.
Specially designated public prosecutors should be appointed for cases involving people from the North East. They should also be properly trained and sensitised. The committee feels that the creation of a special squad supervised by the North East Special Police Unit would go a long way in ensuring speedy justice in criminal cases. The squad could be manned by people specially selected for such purposes and they could be specially trained and sensitised about the problems of people from the North East.
Interventions in Education: Suitable innovative ways should be devised to integrate each and every aspect of the North East into the consciousness of people outside.
The Committee recommends that when the next the NCERT takes place, one, all teacher training institutes be advised to make their syllabus in a way that can sensitise their trainees on the North East and, two, universities and schools outside the North East make projects on North East a mandatory part of the course curricula.
Large migration of students for Higher Education in Delhi and other metros has been a prominent feature in recent times. One reason for such exodus is the absence of institutions of excellence in the North East.
A detailed socio-economic study of the nature of student migration from the North East would be worthwhile as it will provide valuable insight for planning of higher education in the region. Social media outreach and legal awareness campaigns: The committee recommends legal awareness campaigns in neighbourhoods that have a significant presence of members from the North East community and on introducing lectures on legal rights for university students.
It underlines the role of social media in improving connectivity and communication with the community. A dedicated Facebook page should be created and nodal police officers should be in constant touch with members of the community on WhatsApp.
Bonding power of sports: The committee recommends that the Ministry should take steps to hold regular national and international events in the North East as such events will create greater harmony and better understanding. The ministry should, therefore, review the status of present facilities and make an assessment if they are suitable for such events. If not, such facilities should be created in every state of the North East. Indigenous games of the North East should be promoted.
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Supreme Court bench also asks centre to form a nodal agency to look into grievances of the north-eastern community. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the government to start implementing the two-year-old Bezbaruah committee report on tackling racism against people from north-eastern states. A bench comprising chief justice T. Thakur and justices D. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao also asked the centre to form a nodal agency to look into grievances of the north-eastern community.
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