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`State Govt. should help rehabilitate Baina evacuees'

By Our Staff Correspondent

BIJAPUR, JUNE 22. The former member of the State Women's Commission, Geeta Patil, said here today that the State Government should work with its counterpart in Goa to rehabilitate the workers from the State who had been evicted from the Baina Beach area.

As a member of the commission, Ms. Patil visited Baina and submitted a report to the Government in December 1997 on the plight of the workers from the State.

Addressing presspersons here, she said not all workers were involved in prostitution, but the Goa Government did not bother to classify them. It had evicted all workers from Baina. The Goa Government should have rehabilitated them.

Ms. Patil said that during her visit to Baina, she found many women, who were forced into prostitution, were ready to take up new jobs if they were offered, but were not ready to return to Karnataka. The problem had to be tackled amicably. The Karnataka Government should help rehabilitate the evacuees, she added.

Referring to the reported resignation of the Goa Women's Commission chairperson over the evacuation issue, she said that it vindicated the view that human rights had been violated at Baina. The Union Home Ministry and the National Women's Commission should take note of the issue, she added.

Our Shimoga Special Correspondent reports:

Members of the Vajreshwari Kannada Yuvakara Sangh organised a demonstration in Shimoga today to condemn the reported eviction of Kannadigas residing at the Baina Beach at Goa.

They took out a procession from the Sangolli Rayanna Circle near Lakshmi Theatre and staged a rasta roko demonstration at the Ameer Ahmed Circle. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. The activists demanded that the Goa Government take up the rehabilitation of all the Kannadiga families rendered homeless and provide protection to their life and property. The demonstrators also demanded the resignation of the Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parakkar, owning up moral responsibility for the atrocities on the Kannadigas settled in Goa. They requested the Karnataka Government to come to the rescue of the displaced Kannadigas.

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