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NHRC to educate people about human rights violations

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  • People in rural areas unaware of human rights violations
  • Human rights commissions exist only in 16 States
  • Incidents of human rights violations high in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh,

    CHIKMAGALUR: Shivaraj V. Patil, member of the National Human Rights Commission, said here on Saturday that the commission will participate in legal awareness camps conducted by the district legal aid authority in order to educate people about human rights violations.

    Speaking to presspersons, Dr. Patil, who is a former judge of the Supreme Court, said that human rights are being violated, particularly in the rural areas but the people are not aware that they could seek redressal from the commission. He said that the NHRC is conducting workshops all over the country to create awareness among people.

    Pointing out that the commission existed only in 16 States, he said steps are being taken to establish a human rights commission in Karnataka. Stating that incidents of human rights violations are high in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, he said complaints can be written on a postcard in any language or intimated to a mobile telephone. The NHRC is empowered to take suo motu action based on newspaper reports, he added.

    Admitting that some deaths did occur in fake encounters, Dr. Patil said deaths either in police or judicial custody should be reported to the commission within 24 hours. There are certain guidelines to be followed such as recording the post-mortem proceedings on videotape. The commission will get an enquiry conducted and submit an annual report to Parliament. He expressed satisfaction that most of the recommendations for compensation made by the commission are implemented.

    Asked to comment on the delay in disposal of cases, he said India should follow the procedure adopted in developed countries and increase the number of courts in proportion to the increase in population. He said the number of cases in courts will increase as people become aware of their rights.

    Citing other reasons for the delay in disposal of cases, he said courts could not sometimes reject outright insignificant cases. Calling upon lawyers to desist from seeking undue adjournments, he said judges should be firm in rejecting requests for adjournment. Stressing the need to modernise the court machinery, he said vacancies should be filled up and promotions made on time.

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