What National Human Rights Commission can see, what it can’t – By Sanjukta Basu
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has submitted its report on Bengal poll violence in a remarkably short span of less than a month’s time…. Questions however have been raised on NHRC’s credibility on the issue considering that two of the seven members of the committee have a background in the BJP. Atif Rasheed had been associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The other member is Rajulben Desai who had been associated with Gujarat BJP’s Mahila Morcha.
This, in addition to the fact that retired Supreme Court Judge Arun Mishra, who had raised eyebrows for singing praises for the Prime Minister thus making him appear as a partisan person, was appointed as the NHRC Chief barely weeks before the Committee was constituted, as if on cue for an opportune moment….
NHRC’s conspicuous silence on several other grave issues also poses questions on its credibility. The state of Uttar Pradesh saw rampant panchayat poll related violence in at least 17 districts, including in Lucknow, Kanpur, Etawah and Unnao in the second week of July…. However, NHRC did not even issue a statement over the UP violence….