UK parl to discuss J&K human rights; India miffed

Miffed over British parliament`s moves to discuss alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, India on Thursday said it has taken "due note of the issue".

New Delhi: Miffed over British parliament`s
moves to discuss alleged human rights violations in Jammu and
Kashmir, India on Thursday said it has taken "due note of the issue"
and asserted there were effective mechanisms within the
country`s democratic framework to address any grievance
or any aberration.
"We have taken due note of this debate or discussion
which is planned.....in British Parliament. India is a vibrant
democracy, the largest democracy in the world which fully
respects rule of law and human rights," government sources
said here.

They said civil liberties and freedoms are enshrined in
the Constitution of India as fundamental rights and are
available and exercised by each and every individual across
the length and breadth of this country of 1.2 billion people.

"Should there be any aberration, there are enough
mechanisms, effective mechanisms within our system, democratic
framework to address any grievance or any aberrations," they
said.
India`s reaction came after the House of Commons in the
UK parliament decided to discuss the alleged human rights
violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The issue was listed for a discussion in the Backbench
Business-- (i) Motion relating to food security and famine
prevention in Africa (ii) general debate on human rights in
the Indian sub-continent.

Conservative MP Steve Baker, along with four other MPs,
has given a notice for the debate in the House of Commons.

PTI

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