MISUSE OF NHRC

  • The Centre’s decision to get the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate the recent Bihar hooch tragedy was called into question with Opposition parties in both Houses of Parliament criticising the BJP-led government of misusing constitutional bodies.
  • While the Lok Sabha saw members of the JD(U) and BJP get into a war of words in the Rajya Sabha, Opposition leaders staged a walkout at 11.50 a.m., charging the government with using constitutional bodies to target non-BJP- ruled States.
  • Accusing the Narendra Modi government of ‘double standards’, 14 like-minded Opposition parties in a joint statement pointed out that “from 2016, when prohibition was imposed by Bihar government led by JD(U)-BJP, to 2021, there have been over 200 hooch-related deaths in the State, but the NHRC never felt the need to investigate any such incident”.
  • When similar liquor tragedies have occurred in BJP-ruled States such as Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, why did the NHRC not go (investigate) there, they asked.
  • Raising the matter in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, JD(U) MP and party president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan, said, “NHRC has informed the Bihar government that the hooch deaths in Chhapra will be probed by them. How did the human rights commission come into this?”
  • Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, RJD MP Manoj K. Jha said, “Preparation and distribution of illicit liquor in any part of India is a matter of collective national concern.
  • But so far we have not heard of the NHRC making visits following hooch tragedies in States ruled by BJP.” He said the human rights body did not visit Morbi where more than 150 persons were killed in a bridge collapse.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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