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NHRC burdened with complaints

Over 15,400 complaints are pending with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as of December last year with officials arguing that active state- level rights bodies will lessen the burden at the Centre.



New Delhi: Over 15,400 complaints are
pending with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as of
December last year with officials arguing that active state-
level rights bodies will lessen the burden at the Centre.

While 7,352 new complaints were received by the
Commission in December, the rights body managed to clear only
5,932 old and new cases.

According to official statistics, 15,464 complaints are
pending with the rights body till December 31, 2011.

A senior NHRC official attributes the pending cases to
the absence of state-level bodies and cited Delhi as an
example.

A total of 2,525 complaints were received by the
Commission from Delhi from April to September last year but
only around 500 cases were disposed of by October. "These
statistics show the scope of state-level bodies," he said.

The Union Home Ministry, which tabled the NHRC annual
report for 2008-09 in Parliament last year, said there were
5,433 complaints of human rights violations from Delhi to the
NHRC in 2008-09 and all these were filed with the commission
only.

"The NCT of Delhi did not have any SHRC during this
period," it said.

Though NHRC completed 18 years of its existence last
October, 15 states and Union Territories are yet to set up
State Human Rights Commission while the bodies existing in
nine states have no full time chairpersons or members.

Under Section 21 of `The Protection of Human Rights Act`
of 1993, State Human Rights Commissions are required to be
constituted by state governments.

The NHRC has till now registered a total over 11 lakh
cases of alleged human rights violations, either suo motu or
on complaints or on intimation by the prison and police
authorities.

It also recommended monetary relief of over Rs 51 crore
to victims so far even as Uttar Pradesh and Delhi earned the
dubious distinction of being on the top of the list from where
maximum complaints came.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with over 6.22 lakh
complaints followed by Delhi at over 69,000.

The ten top states from where maximum complaints have
been registered include Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Haryana,
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Tamil
Nadu and Jharkhand.

PTI

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