CHIEF JUSTICE of India Y K Sabharwal today advocated setting up of separate courts to deal with cases of human rights’ violation.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Role of human rights commissions in democracy’ at the RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration here on Saturday, Sabharwal said while enacting legislations the Government should also ponder over quantity of litigation it would lead to and make suitable arrangements to deal with them.
It should be understood that notifying existing courts to deal with cases of human rights’ violation would only violate human rights of litigants, whose cases are pending in the courts and who want quick and speedy justice, he pointed out. He said that lower courts burdened with over 30 million cases should not be assigned more work.
Justice Sabharwal further said that provisions for human rights’ protection were not enough, persons with a mindset and approach congenial to share feelings of a person in distress was also required and Human Rights Commission in MP is fortunate to have a person in that mould at the helm of affairs, he said.
“One has to put himself in the position of a person in distress and think to be a genuine guardian of his human rights”, he said.
He further said that Human Rights Commission in MP was in far better a shape compared to its counterparts in other states and it could develop itself into a role model for them.
Justice Sabharwal regretted that human rights commissions have to depend on the respective state governments for every minor thing and said powers that be should understand that it is necessary to make these commissions functional in letter and spirit if they felt committed to protect human rights of people.
He said that the human rights commissions should make their own arrangements and not depend on the government for everything. He further said that protection of human rights of all the people, be they victim or an accused, is important. Justice Sabharwal, however, felt that no institution, be it court or human rights commission, could effectively discharge its duty without generating public opinion and public faith for itself.
He said health care, affairs relating to women and children, AIDS patients and their human rights could be areas for the human rights commissions to foray to broaden their scope and reach out to more and more people. Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh A K Patnaik also spoke on the occasion. State Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice D M Dharmadhikari welcomed the guests.