Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M)
on Wednesday criticised the government for rendering State Human
Rights Commission (SHRC) defunct and demanded immediate
appointment of its Chairman to revive the institution for
safeguarding human rights in the state.
"A state like Jammu and Kashmir cannot afford to leave
in a lurch the institution of human rights watchdog. The
Commission this year had started establishing its credibility
but due to the retirement of its Chairman in October, the
progress on that account got hampered," state secretary of
CPI(M) M Y Tarigami said in a statement here.
He said the delay in the appointment of the new Chairman
of the SHRC should be avoided.
"Democracies flourish due to strong institutions and
vigilant citizenry. Since the state continues to witness
sporadic incidents of human rights violations, it is necessary
to probe such occurrences to stem the rot in the system," he
Tarigami said the SHRC, together with State
Accountability Commission and State Information Commission,
are the institutions that need to be strengthened to provide
transparent and improved governance to the people of the