Cops to be trained in human rights online


New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) along with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Tuesday launched an online training programme to sensitise police personnel on human rights.

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“Going by the number of complaints received in the commission, sometimes it feels that the police is growing insensitive,” NHRC member P.C. Sharma said.

“They need to change their attitude towards women, children, Dalits and helpless people,” he added.

According to an NHRC official, keeping in view the tight schedule of the police personnel, the five-day-long tailor made programme aims to equip them with the knowledge of human rights and it can be applied while dealing with the public.

“The first basic programme launched today was attended by the police personnel in three police academies in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. They had an online interaction with the chairperson and other members of the commission on human rights related issues,” the official said.

Giving details about the programme, the official said that on the first three days, participants will be taught six units through interactive lectures using multimedia tools.

On the fourth and the fifth day, interactive counselling sessions will be held, wherein all the participants and the programme coordinators will interact through web-conferencing.

“The interactive sessions during the training will help in understanding the practical difficulties and experiences, thereby bridging the gap between the police and the common man,” the official said.