National Commission at last takes up Seafarers’ plight

Expressing serious concern over the rise of human rights violations of seafarers, the National Human Rights Commission has said that it would look into all the aspects of human right violations of seafarers and initiate action accordingly.

The NHRC said this during a meeting in New Delhi on human right issue of the sea goers. During the meeting, the NHRC was told that about 200 seafarers were now jailed in foreign countries. It was the first meeting with respect to the issue of the seafarers.

The meeting had been convened after the Forum for Integrated National Security, a Mumbai based think tank had petitioned the Commission on the serious issues related to seafarers.

The Commission was also informed about the numerous fraudulent agencies who duped the young people by promising lucrative jobs in merchant navy. It has also been said that these agencies never supported the seafarers or took the responsibility once they land up in foreign prisons.

The commission also took stock of the illegal institutions in the country that promised employment after the course. The commission was also told about the seafarers being stranded in abandoned ships without any salary.

In most of the cases where the seafarers are jailed, they are released after they spend about 12 to 15 months in jail. All these seafarers are declared innocent and sent off. It was pointed out that the companies who recruit these seafarers never bother to arrange any legal facilities or give the salary due to them for the period that they spend in the prison because of no fault of theirs. had in May, 2019 brought out a similar fraud by a recruiting agency in Kerala, which had duped several youngsters promising them lucrative jobs.  These youngsters had given money to the recruiting agencies to get a job. It was later known that these agencies even did not posses valid registration for recruiting.

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