Human Rights

Human rights courts soon in Delhi

Acting on the order issued by the High Court Registrar general, the Delhi government has started to set up special courts where trials of cases pertaining to human rights violation can be heard and decided at the earliest. The government has informed a Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on 1 June that the authorities will set up the human rights courts within six weeks. The Delhi High Court on 20 April had asked the Centre and the Delhi government to reply within four weeks. The PIL was filed by the Asian Centre for Human Rights as per Human Rights Act of 1993 and Chapter VI of the Act that authorises the state government to establish courts in all districts in order to tackle human rights violation cases. The order was issued to the government by a division bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. In its annual report, National Human Rights Commission in 2001-02 had recommended that the human rights courts to be presided over by a district session judge and the court should be empowered to punish the guilty and at the same time to award compensation in order to rehabilitate the victims. After drawing inferences from the NHRC report, the petitioner pointed out that most of the human rights violation cases have been found to be true by the NHRC and that is why it becomes essential to establish special courts in order to prosecute the offenders.
 
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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 11

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