Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
Without referring to any incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that a selective view of human rights violation through a political lens is dangerous for democracy and will affect the country as a few have modified the definition of human rights as per their own convenience.
Prime Minister Modi was addressing the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) foundation day programme on Tuesday through video conferencing. He said India always upheld human rights, saying his government has provided new rights to Muslim women who were demanding laws against Triple Talaq and freed them from the compulsion of 'Mahram' and as a chaperone, a male family member accompanying them during haj.
Stressing on empowerment of women, he said India is providing paid maternity leave of 26 weeks to career women, aiming to protect the basic rights of newborn children.
Highlighting the strict law and order, Modi said his government has established 650 fast track courts and introduced the death penalty for the heinous offense of rape.
The fare gender can get all in one facility for temporary accommodation, counselling and medical help etc. "By amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, our government has paved way for safer and legal abortion options," he added. Modi said that his government has always thought of the last person in the queue and strived hard to ensure that no one, not even those who are unaware of their basic human rights is left out.
"This is why we came up with schemes like Jan-Dhan Yojna, Ujjwala Yojna and Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. These schemes and campaigns have dignified the lives of those who had never dreamt of having their own bank accounts and owning a debit card or thought of getting a gas cylinder at their doorsteps. Similarly, people are no longer forced to defecate in open and under the 'Saubhagya' scheme we have ensured that every household gets electricity," the prime minister said.
Modi also emphasized the steps taken by his government for the upliftment of specially-abled, saying, "Nationwide, thousands of institutes, public spaces, including buses and railways, 700 websites and even currencies have been made differently-abled friendly."
"For the transgender community, Transgender Persons' Protection of Rights Act has been introduced," he pointed out, adding that all these steps will help eradicate injustice from the country.
PM Modi further added that the NDA government has been seriously working towards the development of Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states as well, reiterating the point that his government is considerate of human rights and is working in the best interest of every section of the Indian society. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India, National Human Rights Commission, Society, Rights.
BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY
The sweeping win of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been replaced by reports of party-versus-party violence in West Bengal within 24 hours of remaining in the headlines. Against the BJP’s 77 seats, the TMC secured 213 seats. Both parties blamed the other for the unrest, which allegedly resulted in the horrific killing of several people, as well as the looting and burning of political workers’ homes and shops.
At least 12 people have been killed, including one in Kolkata, the state capital as per the police. Videos of women being manhandled surfaced on the internet soon after the results were declared. The police, however, refuted the allegations of women in Nano or, Birbhum being raped and molested. The events were mostly blamed on the Trinamool Congress, according to most sources. The TMC, on the other hand, has said that BJP members have attacked and killed its workers in some cases.
In the wake of post-poll unrest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee convened a meeting with the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, DGP, and Kolkata CP on Tuesday. The situation remains tense as BJP national president JP Nadda visits the state for a two-day visit and meets with alleged violence victims. While the TMC supremo takes her third consecutive oath as West Bengal chief minister, the BJP has declared a nationwide protest against widespread violence.
Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated.
Following the riots, Congress West Bengal in-charge, Jitin Prasada said on Tuesday that Trinamool Congress workers assaulted his party’s cadres, including women and children.
The post poll violence that has been unleashed by the TMC on the Congress workers is unacceptable. Even women and children are not spared. I’m sure the people of West Bengal did not vote for this lawlessness.
@INCWestBengal @INCIndia https://t.co/uNZ6H1mLZP
— Jitin Prasada जितिन प्रसाद (@JitinPrasada) May 4, 2021
In a separate tweet, the Bengal governor claimed that PM Modi spoke with him and shared his deep concern about the state’s law and order situation.
PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law & order situation @MamataOfficial
I share grave concerns @PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson. loot and killings continue unabated.
Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order.
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) May 4, 2021
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra, on the other hand, shared some fact-checked reports, denied all TMC allegations of abuse, and asked the BJP to stop spreading false information.
To @BJP’s fake troll army busy disseminating a nationwide fake news campaign on how WB is burning. It is not.
Stop the lies. It cost you Bengal. Will cost you India next.
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) May 4, 2021
We are too busy with Covid management to waste time countering BJP’s fake news machine but here are some fact checks pic.twitter.com/M98tZyjqCy
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) May 5, 2021
In the matter, the National Human Rights Commission also formed an internal fact-finding team to look into the alleged post-election violence in West Bengal on Monday. The NHRC said it was a “fit case of an alleged violation of innocent citizens’ right to life” and asked its DIG (Investigation) to form a team of officers to conduct an on-the-spot investigation. The team was instructed to send its report as soon as possible, ideally within two weeks.
Alongside, Twitter has been flooding with hashtags demanding Presidential rule in West Bengal. Few other hashtags like #BengalViolance and #BengalBurning surfaced on the internet as well.
— Dev Pandit (@dank_dev_) May 3, 2021
In the midst of a pandemic, hateful and violent politics have brought our country to a standstill, dividing us along ideological, religious, and political lines. Some cheered because the BJP lost, while others cheered because the TMC lost the Nandigram seat. Our joy was fuelled by our disdain for a political party. So who was the loser?
We, the people of India, are on the losing end. Some are attempting to portray this vendetta politics as a communal problem by claiming that Hindus are dying. Who, do we believe, stands to gain from the loss of lives, property, and dignity? It’s not the country, for sure. Those who promote hatred and terror, whether it’s our Supreme Leader or a didi, are all the same in the eyes of the public. As humans, let us strive to build a country where life is valued above religion, politics, caste, or gender.
Give Due Respect to the Dignity of the Dead : Supreme Court asks State Governments to Follow NHRC Guidelines
- The Supreme Court of India has asked the state government to respect the dignity of the dead
- The state governments have been reminded to comply with National Human Rights Commission
- The statements from the Apex Court comes as a complaint was filed by NHRC that the state governments are not enforcing their guidelines
July 19, 2017: The Supreme Court of India has reminded the state governments to follow and comply with the guidelines of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and respect the dignity of the dead.
These statements from Supreme court come as part of the complaint by the NHRC that the guidelines formulated on paper have never actually been enforced by any state of India.
The NHRC intends to assist the judicial system in criminal matters while maintaining the respect for human rights.
According to the sources at PTI, the supreme court bench stated “It is not as if the dignity of only living persons needs to be respected but even the dignity of the dead must be given due respect. Unless the communications and guidelines laid down by the NHRC are adhered to, the respect and dignity due to the dead and the human rights of all us will remain only on paper.”
The Supreme Court also noted the NHRC’s failure to bring out its annual report. The court’s verdict also mentioned “Several years have gone by since then, but no annual report has been published. We have no idea what is the stage of preparation or consideration of the subsequent annual reports.”
Indian Supreme Court has also reminded that the Constitution requires every state to have States Human Rights Commission (SHRC).
The verdict was a follow up of the probe into extrajudicial killings and fake encounters by Army.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
Kolkata Human Rights body accuses Border Security Force (BSF) of extra-judicial killing of a Bangladeshi Youth
Kolkata, December 10, 2016: A state-based human rights organisation has written to the National Human Rights Commission demanding a magisterial enquiry into the alleged extra-judicial killing of a Bangladeshi youth by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.
“Md. Moslem Sardar (31), a resident of Satkhira in Bangladesh, was shot at the back of his head by a BSF personnel at the Border Post No.11/6-S of BOP Amudia in Swarupnagar in the afternoon of November 15,” Kirity Roy, Secretary of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) said in the letter.
NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India.
Though the BSF claimed the victim was killed during an encounter, Roy alleged a gunshot at the back of his head hints otherwise.
He claimed the BSF had lodged a complaint before the officer in-charge of Swarupnagar Police Station stating an encounter took place between the BSF personnel and smugglers at the Amudia-Khalsi border on that day and the BSF personnel fired a shot in self defence that hit the smuggler.
“However, the gunshot injury on the back of his head shows that the victim was on the retreat and was not in a position to fight back,” the human rights activist said.
Go to NewsGram and check out news related to political current issues
Roy further alleged that no investigation was conducted by the concerned police station in compliance with the Commission’s revised guidelines in case of encounter deaths.
“Though a criminal case was registered under Swarupnagar police station, no inquiry or investigation has taken place till date,” he said.
Roy sought action by the Commission and a magisterial enquiry.
“The authorities concerned should be directed to take action to find out the possibility of any foul play in the extra-judicial killing of the victim,” Roy said.
Look for latest news from India in NewsGram
“The whole matter should be investigated by the investigation wing of the Commission. A magisterial enquiry must be held as per the revised guidelines issued by NHRC dated 2/12/2003 in case of encounter death so that the people are assured that the rule of law rather than the rule of the gun is operative,” he added in the missive. (IANS)