Implementation of Bezbaruah Committee

Union Home Minister has said that the recommendations made by the Bezbaruah Committee with regard to immediate measures have been accepted.

Background:

The Ministry of Home Affairs had constituted a Committee in February 2014 under the chairmanship of Shri M.P. Bezbaruah.

Why?

To look into the various concerns of the citizens hailing from the North Eastern States who are living in different parts of the country and to suggest suitable remedial measures including legal measures which could be taken up by the Government.

  • The committee was set up after the death of Nido Tania, a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, who died in Delhi on January 29, 2014.
  • The Committee’s mandate was to listen to the issues raised by people from Northeast India living in other areas of the country, especially metro cities.

Accepted measures:

  • As part of the Legal Measures, the Indian Penal Code (IPC) will be amended for insertion of new sections of 153C and 509A as recommended by the Committee.
  • The proposed Section 153-C makes acts causing or likely to cause fear or feeling of insecurity among the community punishable with up to five years’ imprisonment. It also makes offences of such attempts, promotion or participation in violence on grounds of racial features, behaviour, culture or way of living.
  • The proposed Section 509-A provides up to three years’ imprisonment for words, gesture or act intended to insult a member of any race.
  • As part of Legal Assistance, a panel of seven lawyers including five women lawyers has been constituted by the Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) for providing legal assistance to the needy people from the North East.
  • The Delhi Government will also be providing compensation and monetary assistance to the NE people under Delhi Victim Compensation Scheme 2011.
  • State Bhawans of concerned NE States have also agreed to play active roles to assist the persons in distress.
  • All the recommendations made by the Committee regarding Special Police Initiatives and additional steps to be taken by the various State Police Forces and Delhi Police have been accepted for immediate implementation.

Some of these initiatives include:

  • Delhi police will recruit 20 police personnel, (10 male – 10 female) each from North East States.
  • Police exchange programme has been approved between NE States and metropolitan cities including Delhi.
  • North East Special Unit at New Delhi is activated to address the grievances of the NE people. Other States have been advised to do the same.
  • A decision has been taken that cases of NE people be referred to the existing fast track courts for early decision.
  • Various Metropolitan Police including Delhi Police are being advised to post NE Personnel in their force in the visible positions in vulnerable areas prone to crime against NE people. Also they will be advised to have due representation of the senior officers at the field level.

For further reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx.

Sources: PIB.

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