Human rights panel in Delhi may get delayed further
Indian capital Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have "initiated" the process of setting up a State Human Rights Commission, but the body may not see the light of the day without an amendment to the Protection of Human Rights Act (PHR) 1993. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had in 2013 written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), urging it to amend the PHR Act to include a provision for setting up Human Rights Commissions in Union Territories as well.
No such amendment has been brought so far and the MHA is yet to respond to the NHRC's suggestion, sources in the human rights panel said. "...statistics reveal that the need for protection of human rights is felt in every part of the country and therefore there is a need for speedy constitution of Human Rights Commissions in the remaining states and UTs which do not yet have such a commission," the Commission said in a letter.