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Police, moral police shoulder blame for rise in rights violations in MP

The number of cases of human rights violations registered in Madhya Pradesh has risen marginally this year over the last.

indore Updated: Dec 11, 2016 10:55 IST
Vinit, Hindustan Times, Indore
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A marathon was organised from Indore’s Malharashram to the city’s Ahilya ashram area to mark the International Human Rights Day on Saturday.(Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

The number of cases of human rights violations registered in Madhya Pradesh has risen marginally this year over the last.

A total of 11,393 cases have been reported from 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh this year compared to 11,344 last year, according to the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC).

The data released by the Commission reveals that the numbers dropped significantly last year from 12,843 in 2013-14 after climbing over the last five years from 12,249 in 2011-12.

“Maximum complaints are related to violation by police, municipal bodies and moral policing by dominant groups,” an official of the Commission’s Indore unit said, requesting anonymity.

Tribal rights activist Madhuri Krishnaswami claimed that human rights violations by police, civic authorities, forest officials and dominant village groups are rampant in rural areas, but many cases do not come on record.

In several cases, civic authorities were reported having committed several types of violations such as confiscating pushcarts of street vendors, razing their establishments without proper rehabilitation, snatching away their right to livelihood etc, said Krishnarjun Burvey, a city based social worker.

However, the data reveals a remarkable rise in the rate of disposal of cases, touching a high of 16,712 last year.

An attempt has been made by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to gather information on details of cases where human rights were violated by police in the form of excesses such as ‘disappearance of persons’, ‘illegal detentions’, ‘fake encounters’, ‘extortion’, ‘torture’ etc, in which Madhya Pradesh reported maximum number of violations after Delhi in 2015.

Madhya Pradesh came behind Delhi with 10,089 cases reported against police personnel in 2015.

“National Human Rights Commission has recommended promoting organisations which work in the field of human rights protection, but state governments do not make efforts to protect such organisations,” said Manoj Thanwar of national human rights protection group.

First Published: Dec 11, 2016 10:51 IST