Pending cases in NHRC come down

An intensive effort to bring down pending cases in the NHRC appears to have yielded some results.

New Delhi: An intensive effort to bring down
pending cases in the National Human Rights Commission appears
to have yielded some results with such complaints dropping to
13,000 this January compared to 15,550 last December.

This comes despite the NHRC receiving 7,076 complaints in
the month of January.

According to NHRC statistics, the pending cases have come
down to 13,089 this January compared to 15,464 after the
Commission disposed of 9,451 old and new cases during the

In December, the number of old and new cases disposed of
was 5,932 while the number of complaints it received was
7,352. The increase in the number of disposal of cases in
January has resulted in the drop in pending cases.
A senior NHRC official attributes the pending cases to
the absence of state-level bodies and cited Delhi as an

A total of 2,525 complaints were received at the
Commission in 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 NHRC only.

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

Though NHRC has completed 18 years of its existence last
October, 15 states and union terroritories 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.

In the past over 18 years, the NHRC has registered a
total over 11 lakh cases of human rights violations, either
suo moto 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.