Weekly Current Affairs

NHRC registering more cases, says there is more awareness [Polity]

  • Cases registered by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) have gone up over past three years, but those where monetary relief was recommended have in fact declined.
  • While the NHRC cannot prosecute, the best case scenario for complainants is when the apex human rights panel recommends monetary relief for them.
  • The cases where relief was recommended fell 26 per cent from 2013-2014 to 2015- 2016. For the same time period, the number of cases registered by the Commission rose 20 per cent.
  • Four types of complaints – custodial death (judicial and police), death in police encounter and alleged fake encounters – accounted for almost 2 per cent of cases lodged in 2015-2016, but 35 per cent of cases relief was granted. The magnitude of the offence had a role to play.
  • Over the three years, cases related to the police remained the top contributor to the NHRC’s load, accounting for 30 per cent of total cases registered in 2015-2016.
  • On the number of cases increasing, the NHRC chalked up the trend to better awareness amongst complainants.
  • While it is positive that more and more people are accessing the Commission for redress, but allegations of human rights violations by public servants are rising. The NHRC’s role in realising accountability for human rights violations is the crux of the issue.
  • Since the hike in numbers of cases indicated greater awareness, the markers of people’s faith must be the response of the NHRC in each and every case and the redress provided.