How can Delhi not have a human rights commission, asks Chief Justice of India

Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland are some of the states which don’t have a human rights commission 22 years after the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, was passed.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published:December 11, 2015 2:49 am
FILE: Justice T S Thakur at Inauguration of E-Library at SCBA Library. (Source: YouTube screen-grab) FILE: Justice T S Thakur at Inauguration of E-Library at SCBA Library. (Source: YouTube screen-grab)

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur Thursday questioned why Delhi, the capital of the country, did not have a state human rights commission.

Speaking at an event on the occasion of Human Rights Day, he said, “It is surprising that the very capital of the country does not have a State Human Rights Commission. Human rights violations are taking place in every society and across the world, including Delhi. To assume that human rights violations happen only in tribal areas is a misnomer. There are violations happening in this city as well. Why should there not be a SHRC in Delhi and that too for such a long time?”

“States don’t have the option of not having a commission unless they can say with a certain amount of certainty that there are no human rights violations there. Anyway, the order has been passed and we hope states will respond within six months,” he added.

“Currently, 25 states in India have SHRCs. Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland are among the states which do not have a SHRC,” said Justice Cyriac Joseph, acting chairperson, National Human Rights Commission.

“This is because of a clause, according to which states ‘may’ and not ‘shall’ have a SHRC. But that option is not available to them now, with the Supreme Court clarifying in July this year that it is the duty of the state to set up a State Human Right Commission,” he added.

In July 2015, a bench headed by Justice T S Thakur had directed states, which didn’t have a human rights commission, to set up one within three months. The court had also asked the NHRC and all state human rights commissions to fill all their vacancies within three months.

Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland are some of the states which don’t have a human rights commission 22 years after the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, was passed.

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    Ajay Sunder
    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:39 am
    Hope Mr.K does not blame Mr. Narendra Modi,the Home Minister,the Police commissioner or whosoever else for this. Nor can he question the Chief Justice of India's motives in asking why is there no Human Rights Commission in the capital of India where Mr.K is the Chief Minister. Let Mr. K realise that the voters of the capital went out of their way by electing him and his party.He is totally answerable to each and every voter.
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    david
    Dec 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm
    Post your retired HC or Supreme court Judge as Chairman and its members.
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    Gopal
    Dec 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm
    CJI is on a political tirade. There are existing laws and existing mechanisms to deal with them. But of course, our judiciary makes a mockery of the consution by making up their own rules. With its endless delays and selective justice, the supreme court is responsible for the collapse of the legal system.
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    k
    Dec 11, 2015 at 1:53 am
    shut up CJI Takhur. y have no business to say anything unless y reverse Judge Joshi's verdict on Salman - srinivasan
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    Rici
    Dec 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm
    Isn.t AKJ is not every thing in Delhi? where is the need for it?
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