Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-08-12 18:19 Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has directed the state government to arrange temporary accommodation for the victims of BBMP anti-encroachment drive. Hearing a complaint by city-based RTI activist T Narsimha Murthy and others, the commission directed the government to come to the aid of the evicted by providing them temporary accommodation within three weeks. Terming them as helpless victims, the commission said “They had valid khatas, property tax receipts, electricity connection and the houses were constructed as per sanctioned plans. Some have spent their entire savings to buy their houses and were paying bank loans. The commission feels that the government should assess the damages and come up with a feasible package to temporarily relocate them,” the KSHRC said. Observing that the families were living their worst nightmare, the KSHRC observed, “They have no access to food and water. There will be an impact on children's rights and right to education and possibility of increase in illness in the aftermath of eviction." Mentioning that states have primary responsibility to create such an environment in which all people can enjoy their human rights, the commission said it had an “obligation to ensure that respect for human rights norms and principles are integrated into all levels of governance". Reacting to the reports of the BBMP targeting only the small and middle-class houses, the commission noted, “The commission wishes to point out that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection. The rule of law ensures that no one is above the law and there will be no impurity for human rights violation." The commission has directed that a copy of the order be served to the chief secretary so that the government complies with the order and submits a report within three weeks.