Communal Violence Bill in present form will increase burden: NHRC

Malnutrition is another serious concern that the media should take up.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 20, 2013 1:15 am

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Thursday that if the Communal Violence Bill is passed in Parliament in its “present form”,it will increase the NHRC’s burden.

NHRC chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan said,“If the Act,as in present form,is passed by Parliament,NHRC has to share a huge burden. With the present structure and the facilities available with the Commission,it would be almost impossible to carry out these functions.” He added though that there was no question of the Commission shying away from its responsibilities. The Bill was cleared by the Cabinet on Monday.

Justice Balakrishnan said the NHRC is a recommendatory body as per the provisions of Protection of Human Rights Act,1993 but its recommendations are respected by the governments and implemented in most of the cases.

He said the NHRC had taken suo motu action in 300 cases of serious nature based on media reports this year while speaking at the workshop ‘Media and Human Rights: Issues and Challenges’,jointly organised by NHRC and the Indian Law Institute.

While speaking about a myriad of human right concerns that plague the country,he singled out malnutrition and said,“Malnutrition is another serious concern that the media should take up. The statistics show that one in three children in our country is affected by malnutrition.”

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