Bengaluru: The 83-year old prominent human rights activist Fr. Stan Swamy was chosen for this year’s Mukundan C Menon Award by the rights group National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO). Fr. Stan Swamy has been languishing in a jail in Mumbai on alleged trumpeted charges in the Bhima koregaon violence case.
The award was instituted by NCHRO in memory of late Mr. Mukundan C Menon, the founding General Secretary to recognize individuals, institutes or organizations and people working in the area of human rights, art, media, writing, environment, etc and it has been given every year since 2006.
The Organiser and the General Secretary of the Karnataka committee Adv. Mohammed Farukh said for the year 2020, prominent activist Fr. Stan Swamy has been given the award. He said that Fr. Stan Swamy in Ranchi, Jharkhand works with an organisation named Bagaaicha and questions the anti-people policies of the government and the corporate.
“A few months ago, the NIA arrested Fr. Stan Swamy and now he is in Talauja jail in the fabricated case of Bhima Koregaon ”, he said. Currently, he is locked up in jail. In his absence, Fr. Xavier Director of Indian Social Institute, Bangalore, has received the award as a representative of Father Stan Swami. The award includes rupees 25,000 and a citation. Adv Balan, senior lawyer Karnataka gave the award to Fr Xavior. National Treasurer Adv K P Muhammed Shareef Chaired the programme and General Secretary introduced about Mukundan C Menon award.
Hundreds of activists from various parts of the country graced the occasion. Vidhya from Delhi, Dr.Ranjan Solomon from Goa, Shri Vilayodi Shivan Kutty from Kerala were among those who attended the program.