The HURT (Human Rights) Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization, registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, mandated to ensure the practical realization of human rights across the country and world.
A group of like-minded advocates, driven by a zeal to fight for restoring human dignity and create awareness among public officials, staff of public institutions, professionals from different fields, and common people, established the HURT Foundation in 1992. This is more significant in the view that the Protection of Human Rights Act was passed one year later in 1993, which laid the foundation of the National Human Rights Commission and provided for the establishment of State Human Rights Commissions in different states.
The Foundation believes that by sensitizing people to the issue of human rights violation we can proactively use that sensitivity as a tool for social change. It can also be used to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to engage in a dialogue not only in the social and political spheres but also in their individual lives.
About Our Activities
The HURT FOUNDATION endeavors to spread human rights message through awareness programmes The Foundation conducted certificate course in St. Xavier’s College from 2002 to 2008. Presently, the same course is being conducted in collaboration with Government Law College from 2008. We intend to reach out to more people by conducting similar programmes at various Colleges.
- Human Rights Awareness: Without a widespread culture of human rights and its awareness, democracy is not by itself a guarantee of respect of human rights. Hurt conducts awareness programs such as seminars, exhibitions, training, dialogues and research studies in order to educate, assess and implement measures to promote civil and human rights. Through its awareness programs Hurt aims to: Inform to diagnose the external and internal environments, Engage to agree the overall goals and desired outcomes, Participate to create and select strategies to be deployed and Empower to allocate resources to achieve the Foundations goals.
- Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: In the past year we have focused our energies on issues related to Child Rights. Mumbai, though known as the land of opportunities also has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of children in the vulnerable category. These children are in constant threat of abuse: physical, mental, psychological and sexual. During its training programs with the Child Welfare Committees last year, one issue that constantly came up as source of worry was the pathetic state of health of the children in all institutions. The Foundation arranged for a Dental Camp and Scabies Camp at Observation Home Dongri and Bal Kalyan Nagri, Mumbai with the help of a team of Doctors from Govt Dental College and Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals. The observation home at Dongri happens to be the oldest and the largest Observation home in India while Bal Kalyan Nagri has a population of over 200 children of both genders.
- Occasion of Golden Jubilee of St. George Hospital in 2012: The Government Dental College & Hospital has sought our assistance in coordinating with various organizations working towards the welfare of the underprivileged children and weaker sections of the society to organize these camps
- It has taken up Skill Development as a thrust area as it was seen that rehabilitation of children was one of the most neglected aspect of JJ Act as a result the children have got back to society as adults without any skill essential for survival. Hurt Foundation conducted a skill development programme at the David Sassoon Industrial School, an institution under CAS. It consisted of a Foundation Course with an aptitude screening tool for hundred children aged above 15 years in the streams of: Electrical (wireman), Carpentry, Welding, Fitter and Plumbing. This initiative helped identify skills aptitude for inmates and based on their aptitude the children were in a better position to choose particular skill training after the completion of the foundation course.
- The success of the programme led to many discussions with Children’s Aid Society who evinced keen interest in restarting the Industrial Training Institute, Mankhurd. We are happy to share that the ITI has been revived and today there are close to 97 children accessing skills training in the center. The under CSR Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited support to run the ITI has opened up job opportunities for institutionalized and marginalised children.
- Proposed Home for the Old & Destitute: This is the dream project on which the Foundation has been relentlessly working. No society can boast of equality and justice until it can provide dignified twilight years to its senior citizens and those in need. The Foundation has been working to set up a model home for the aged and the destitute with research facilities for the scholars to study the age related physical, psychological and social problems and find a solution to the miseries this segment faces.
Though the organization is still at its nascent and struggling stage, it has, with the help of numerous eminent and dedicated people in the field, been able to carve a niche for itself. With each passing year, one success after another, though seemingly small, have emboldened our resolve to work with greater vigor.
Board of Trustees
- Zarina Y. Farooqui
- Abeda Khan
- Abde Mannan Yusuf
- Samar I. Farooqui
- Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd.)- Bombay High Court
- Justice Rajindra Sachar (Retd.) – Chief Justice Delhi High Court
- N. P Bali – Former Executive Director, L.I.C, India.
- Prameela Rao- Former Principal, Government Law College, Mumbai.
- Ruchi Sinha – Associate Professor, Centre of Criminology and Justice, S.S.W, T.I.S.S, Mumbai.
Course Advisory Committee
- Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd.) – Former Judge of Bombay High Court, Mumbai
- Subhash Awate – Former Additional Director General of Police.
- Kumar Ketkar – Editor – in- Chief, Lok Satta.
- Kannamma S Raman – Former Faculty, Dept. of Civic and Politics, University of Mumbai.
- Dr. Frazer Mascarenhas S.J.- Former Principal , St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.
- Mahesh Bhagwat – Associate Professor, Mithibai College, Mumbai
- Anuradha Maheshwari – Adv. & Consultant
- Ruchi Sinha – Chairperson, Centre for Criminology and Justice, School of Social Work, T.I.S.S, Mumbai.