It was a seminar to sensitise the police force about human rights. All the speakers reiterated that police must protect the rights and interests of all, especially of weaker segments such as women, children and the elderly but a majority of police personnel preferred to sleep through it.
On Tuesday the Inderdhanush auditorium in Sector 5, was packed to capacity with personnel from all districts of Haryana. At the back of the auditorium the air-conditioners were ineffective and one could see policemen either using their handkerchiefs, diary or caps as fans to beat the heat.
Speaking on this occasion, justice Vijender Jain, chairman of State Human Rights Commission, said, "Human rights are directly linked with policing as most of the times media and public think that violation of human rights is done by police. On the contrary, it is factual that maximum protection of human rights is also ensured by the police."
The director general of police SN Vashist, assured that prompt action would be taken if any act of violence of human rights would come to his knowledge.
Delivering the inaugural address, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the government had constituted the state Human Rights Commission to safeguard human rights. He hoped that the commission would work in close coordination with the members of the civil society to ensure a bright and just future for the people of the state, particularly those who are vulnerable.
The chief minister said that the State Commission for Women had been granted statutory status and the Haryana State Commission for Scheduled Castes was also being set up to safeguard the rights and interests of the people belonging to scheduled caste category.
Human rights of policemen ignored
"No one talked about our rights. We have to work for 10-12 hours, sometimes extended up to 15-16 hours. There are no weekly offs like other workers. We cannot even complain. We have to work like a disciplined force," rued an inspector.