Sumitra Mahajan calls for balanced view on human rights

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stressed on the need for balance when considering the human rights of those accused of crime and the victims.
“There was a question in Parliament recently on undertrials. You (NHRC) have gone to the jails and witnessed the situation… there are talks of crimnals but I think, there should be talks of victims as well. There should be a balance between both,” she said.

Mahajan also drew attention to the condition of security personnel who have been accused of human rights violations.
She said that violation of rights in households as well as villages should also be given priority and the society needs to give issues like honour killings a serious thought.

“When we talk about social stability…the violation of rights in households, one should give importance to that… today honour killing is such a subject which the entire society has to think… what the society wants on this. Our girls are deprived of the right to education today,” she said.

She noted that if we minutely look at Indian culture, its holy books and thought processes, there is not only talk about human rights in them, it talks about the rights of all the beings which reside in this universe.

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