According to Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, neutrality will only help oppressors when it comes to decimation of human rights.
We’ve got to stand up for human rights when they’re being decimated. Neutrality helps oppressors, never victims. When you stay silent, you encourage the tormentor, not the tormented. It’s imperative that we intervene in such a situation,” he said at a function to celebrate the 29th Foundation Day of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
According to the Vice President, “human rights are essential to a flourishing democracy,” but that “serious challenges to human rights arise mainly because a lot of our citizens live silently and voiceless”. The National Human Rights Commission said in an official release that it needs to be brought into sharper focus in the public spotlight.
In his remarks, Dhankhar praised the NHRC for spreading the idea that human rights flourish under a rule of law, not a rule of rulership.
He also credited the NHRC “for its report on West Bengal post-poll violence under judicial fiat in the shortest time, proving that the rule of law isn’t the bane of human rights in the state” since he was the Governor of West Bengal before he took charge as Vice-President.
In his address, NHRC Chairperson Justice Arun Mishra emphasized the need for more affirmative action in order to uplift marginalized sections of society socio-economically and politically. To ensure the fruits of development percolate down, it is time to clarify that unrepresented classes in services are offered reservations within the reserved category itself.
In his discussion of the need for “gender equality and equal rights for all, especially for women”, Justice Mishra stated, “It is unacceptable to discriminate against them and deprive them of their civil liberties and rights under the guise of dharma or customary practices.”
According to him, it is desirable to establish a Uniform Civil Code, as envisaged in Article 44 of the Indian Constitution, and that “human rights cannot be realized without equal treatment of women in all respects,” according to the official communication.
According to Justice Mishra, cyberspace violates human rights, including privacy, resulting in civil and human rights violations. Ninety-six percent of the dark web of cyberspace has become one of the most potent platforms for human and sex trafficking in the world, he stated, adding that “trafficking of women and children, tribals, and vulnerable sections of society must cease”.
In addition to providing people with clean air, he added that the “burning of stubble in neighboring states must cease at once since it chokes Delhi every winter”.
Additionally, the Chairperson of the NHRC emphasized the need for urgent prison reforms in order to reduce the crime rate in jails and emphasized that prisons, which are meant to be places of rehabilitation, have unfortunately become places of crime.