Bishakha Devnath

July 20, 2019
July 20, 2019

NHRC should rethink its strategy as a rights defender

When human rights are violated, the job of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is to provide the victims with legal aid. It can even stand by the victims in courts. The rights body also has the authority to recommend compensations to the victims, or their

July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019

Going the extra mile for children with cancer

Rohan let out frequent shrieks of pain, his eyes fixed on the ceiling with teardrops rolling down on the pillow. Curtains were drawn, lights switched off. The ceiling fan was on full speed and his mother was rubbing his arms and legs, waiting for the morphine to kick in.

June 29, 2019
June 29, 2019

NHRC sitting on draft rules for a decade

Even after a decade spent discussing, drafting and re-drafting, the National Human Rights Commission has not yet formulated a set of rules, which is supposed to outline the detailed procedure of how it will address human rights violations.

June 29, 2019
June 29, 2019

Immense power, little application

Contrary to popular belief, the National Human Rights Commission is armed with ample power to help ensure justice and even compensation for victims of rights violation.

June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019

Want to beat bone loss? Change your lifestyle!

When frequent painkillers stopped bringing much relief, Radhika Saha went to see a doctor for severe back pain. That was when she found out her bones were weakening, and that if they were not taken care of, the symptoms might lead to fracture.

June 23, 2019
June 23, 2019

Children with Cancer: In silence, they perish

Mohammad Kabir Hossain, 43, had dreamt of building a house for his family using the money he saved from an overseas job. That dream, however, took a backseat when his third child was diagnosed with cancer. Kabir used up all his savings, sold whatever land he had, along with his grocery store, for his child’s treatment.

June 22, 2019
June 22, 2019

Two get life term under human trafficking act

In a rare precedence, two people of an organised ring involved in stealing infants have been found guilty in court and handed down the highest punishment -- life imprisonment -- under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012.

June 14, 2019
June 14, 2019

Needle for middle class

Afsana Rahman’s maternity leave is about to end, and so baby formula milk will soon have to substitute breast milk for her second child. As she and her husband are both job holders with fixed income, she now has to adjust her monthly expenditures to make ends

May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019

Viewers turning away from local TV channels

It is one of those intense moments when you immerse yourself in the television and follow every move of the actor; his grimace makes you frown and speculate what would happen next. Right then, the broadcaster fills half of the screen with an ad of what to use to be fair, if not fairer.

May 12, 2019
May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day: Teach your sons to respect women

Mothers, who have overcome all challenges to become successful professionals and be role models to their sons and daughters, say that teaching sons to share their familial and social space equally with girls is the first step for removing the double standards that have been instilled in generations.