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NHRC takes cognizance of some cow vigilantism cases, but pats Raje’s back for good work

The chairperson said that the commission has taken cognizance in some cases of alleged cow vigilantism where deaths occurred.

jaipur Updated: Jan 19, 2018 21:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Vasundhara Raje,National Human Right Commission,NHRC
Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission HL Dattu (left) interacts with the media In Jaipur on Friday.(HT Photo)

In a pat on the back of the Vasundhara Raje government that has been facing flak from all quarters over rise in alleged cow vigilantism cases, the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) Friday said the state of Rajasthan was taking care of its people, including the SCs and STs.

NHRC chairperson HL Dattu said that there “could be certain lapses,” but one should not generalise the whole system.

“By and large, we feel that Rajasthan is taking care of its people, including SC and STs. In any system there can be some lapses but it cannot be generalized. Rajasthan has implemented central government’s schemes and the people of the state are being benefited. Rajasthan government and its officials are doing good work and are also taking care of atrocities on SC/ST,” Dattu said.

He was addressing the media after the conclusion of a two-day (January 18-19) NHRC camp that took up 183 cases in three courts.

Dattu said that the commission has taken cognizance in some cases of alleged cow vigilantism where deaths occurred.

“We have taken cognizance in some cases of cow vigilantism and the related deaths. Once we receive a report from a state government, we will issue appropriate guidelines,” he added.

Replying to query Rajasthan’s position in the country in terms of implementing welfare schemes, the NHRC chairperson said that each state was doing its best and that a comparison was always bad.

“Rajasthan is not lagging behind as there is a lot of difference now, compared to what we saw two years back,” he said.

Dattu said he has told police officials to implement the recommendations of the NHRC or challenge the same before an appropriate forum if they did not wish to implement those.

On setting up human rights courts at the district-level, Dattu said some states had already established such courts and added that they had written to the remaining ones, asking them to set up the courts at the earliest, in concurrence with the chief justice of the high court of that particular state.

Of the 183 cases taken up during the two day camp, commission was satisfied with the reports of redressal of grievances in 57 and closed such cases. In 108 cases, further reports were called for. In one case show-cause notice was issued to the erring police personnel for their failure to take action and in another, the commission recommended monetary relief of Rs one lakh for prima –facie violation of human rights.

An amount of Rs 4.10 lakh was paid as monetary relief in one case and a total of Rs 12.90 lakh was recommended to be paid in four cases.

The commission, however, expressed concern about the tardy implementation of the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities Act) 1989 and the rules of 1995 besides the delay by the state administration to take positive action for redressal of grievances. There were also delays in providing the statutory monetary relief in several cases, the NHRC said in a statement.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 21:47 IST