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Tripura Human Rights Organisation demands HRC in Tripura, says govt. reluctant to constitute commission
Tripura Human Rights Organisation demands HRC in Tripura, says govt. reluctant to constitute commission
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AGARTALA, July 28 (TIWN): Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) demanded the Left front government to constitute the Human Rights Commission in the state to safeguard civil society from both criminals and police atrocities. THRO secretary and Advocate Purushottam Roy on an exclusive talk with TIWN on Tuesday claimed, “Despite it has very limited power we have been demanding for human rights commission since the year 2007 keeping in mind instances of human rights' violation in the state but no positive result has been yielded so far.” “We have placed several memorandum to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar demanding to constitute the commission in the state but no proper step has been taken; as a result the state government has been again pushed by the SC of India to constitute the HRC by six months,” Roy said. It is worthy to mention here that talking to the reporters Minister Tapan Chakroborty said that the state government is freshly thinking over the matter and the action plan in view of constituting the HRC in the state.

Expressing displeasure over the role of the state Left front government Roy talking to TIWN over phone said, “The state Government turned down the proposal of constituting the HRC on two grounds - financial constraints of the state government and functioning of the Police Accountability Commission.”

At present there are a total of three Police Accountability Commissions in Tripura, said Roy. He also said that amongst the three, the two were in deep sleep during their tenure.

Adding to that he said, “But this cannot be accepted because it was the statutory duty of the state governments to set up SHRC, absence of which makes access to justice by the victims of the human rights violation an illusion.”

He said, “But at the same time State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has very limited power because ultimately the decision needs to be taken by the state government.” The National Commission or State Commission has no binding effect as per the HRPA 1993, he said.

The Supreme Court on Saturday has directed Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Arunchal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland to set up human rights commissions as it noted that Delhi had the second highest number of complaints of human rights violations lodged with the National Human Rights Commission.

The court also in a slew of directions has directed installing of CCTV cameras in prisons, setting of special human rights courts, positing of at least two women officers in every police stations and others.



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