Earlier,considering the matter an issue of protection of human rights, theNHRC Member, Justice Cyriac Joseph, accompanied by the officers ofthe Commission, visited the venue of the sit-in agitation by Mrs.Jazeera. She reiterated her allegations in the media reports thatillegal sand mining in her hometown in District Kunnur has led toshrinking of the coastal area.
Asa result the land surrounding her house was fast disappearing, thehouses were getting flooded during monsoon and that there was animminent danger of loosing the environment, which needed to be keptfor the future generations.
TheCommission has observed that no doubt, illegal and indiscriminatemining of sand from the riverbeds and seashores raises seriousenvironmental problems and threat to human rights.
Itlooks strange that 64 days sit-in agitation by Mrs. Jazeera outsidethe Government Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram did not produce anytangible result and it is unbelievable that the assurance stated tohave been given by the Chief Minister himself of was not honoured andthe illegal sand mining is continuing.
TheCommission has also expressed concern over the discontinuation ofschool education of Mrs. Jazeera's two daughters, Rizvana, 12 yearsand Shifana, 10 years, as they are part of her sit-in agitation.
Ithas observed that it would appear that Mrs. Jazeera is ignoring herparental duty under Article 51 A (K) of the Constitution and Section10 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009. Thus, action may be necessary to protect the right to educationof her two daughters.