New Delhi: Of the
18,000 human rights violations recorded in India in the first
three months of this year, a staggering 65.57 percent, or roughly
two-thirds, were reported in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, shows data
from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
According to official documents, from Jan 1 to March 31, a total
of 18,772 cases of violations were registered with the commission.
Of these, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi - in that order - accounted for
Sikkim has the enviable record of zero cases followed by Daman and
Diu with two, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Nagaland with
four cases each.
"While the highest number of violations (11,091) were registered
in Uttar Pradesh, its size is also a factor that should be taken
into account. Delhi, which is the capital of the country,
registered 1,219 violations - the second highest in the country -
in three months," an official of NHRC told IANS.
The other three 'bad performers' were Haryana, which registered
719 violations, Orissa 632 and Bihar 615.
The violations are segregated into 17 categories - those related
to children, health, jail, judiciary, the mafia, labour,
minorities and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, police,
pollution and environment, refugees, service matters, women,
paramilitary, defence forces, foreigners and miscellaneous.
In Uttar Pradesh, the highest number of violations were those by
the police - a whopping 4,242.
The men in khaki topped the charts in the country too, with 6,426
violations registered against police in entire India.
According to the official, the nature of complaints against police
include arbitrary use of power, abduction, rape, custodial
violence and death, fake gun battles and unlawful detention.
The second highest number of violations in the country have been
clubbed under miscellaneous and numbers 5,534.
"Under miscellaneous, there are cases like the disappearance of a
person, land dispute, hunger strike, family dispute, inaction by
the state government or the central government, matrimonial
disputes, labour disputes and atrocities by the customs department
and others," the official said.
In fact, in Delhi the highest number of violations are
miscellaneous at 415.
Across the country, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of such
cases registered - 2,915.
Human rights abuse against women also make for a large number of
According to the official figures, a total of 1,403 complaints
were for abuse of women.
A huge chunk of these cases were in Uttar Pradesh, 957. Delhi
recorded 92 cases of this nature, making it the second highest
among all states.
The NHRC is a recommendatory body set up in 1993.
(Azera Rahman can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)