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KSHRC demands action against officers for publicising confidential details

KSHRC acting chairman said the report on the action taken should be submitted to the commission in three months.

Published: 03rd May 2017 02:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2017 02:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has demanded strict action against officials who publicised the confidential details of a government employee, who was allegedly suffering from AIDS. The Commission directed the Home and the Health departments to probe into the leaking of the file and take necessary action.

KSHRC acting chairman P Mohandas said the report on the action taken should be submitted to the commission in three months. The order was given on a petition submitted by the employee who is in service from 2008. As per National AIDS Control Organisations, the files of HIV-affected persons should be kept highly confidential. After the confidential file was leaked, she faced hardship from society as well as the office and was isolated by her colleagues and neighbours.

Earlier, the Commission had sought a report from the department head where she was employed. In the report, the administrative assistant and deputy director were found to be behind the leak. The report also said steps were being taken against these officials.

However, the administrative assistant had told the commission that he was not the custodian of such files and the clerks of the departments concerned handled such files. Meanwhile, the department where she was working said the inquiry should be handed over to the Home Department as the real persons behind the leakage were yet to be traced.

As per National AIDS Control Organisations, the files of HIV-affected persons should be kept highly confidential

The Commission directed the Home and the Health departments to probe into the leaking of the file and take necessary action



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