The national Capital is in the dubious company of states such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana when it comes to human rights violations.
One would expect that the metropolis would almost be free of police atrocities, child labour and caste discrimination; but that's far from the reality.
According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Delhi trails only Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in the cases of human rights violations. Despite this fact, the Delhi government seems least concerned about constituting a state human rights commission.
The number of complaints received by the NHRC from the Capital has been on the rise in the last three years.
In 2009-10, the figure was 5,228 which went up to 5,929 in 2010-11. The number of complaints of rights violations jumped significantly in 2011-12, when 7,865 cases were reported. Till August this year, the figure had already touched 3,135.
Neighbouring Haryana did not have a state commission till about a month ago. But now, while the state has set up a rights panel, it is yet to function properly.
According to NHRC records, out of 22 state commissions, 10 are not functioning in a proper manner -they are either working without a permanent chairperson or with a few members.
The states without permanent SHRC chairpersons are Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. The rights commission in Chhattisgarh has an acting chairman.
Supreme Court advocate and human rights activist Colin Gonsalves feels that it is shameful on the part of the state governments to overlook the need to have functional state commissions.
"Why should a place like Delhi not have a human rights commission? There is a lack of political will to tackle human rights issues," he said.
Significantly, NHRC data shows that complaints from some of these states are higher than others making the case of having state commissions even stronger. The NHRC has repeatedly sent requests to various state governments for setting up commissions but nothing has happened, sources said.
"Not only is there a need to have state commissions that are functioning with full strength but there should also be an evaluation of these commissions. Most importantly, the state governments should implement recommendations made by these commissions," said Delhi-based lawyer Ashok Agarwal who has been taking up the cause.
Most of the insurgency-hit states in the North-East do not have a human rights commission despite reports of frequent violations.
"It's shameful that state governments don't feel the need to have a body to check human rights violations. What kind of signal does this send to the violators?" asks Gonsalves.
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