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Some trying to dent country’s image in the name of human rights violations: PM Modi

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Speaking at the 28th foundation day of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Modi said similar incidents are seen differently by some people as they describe human rights keeping their own interests in mind.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed those who engage in “selective interpretation” of human rights and look at its violation with an eye on political loss and gains, saying such a conduct is harmful to these rights as well as democracy.

Speaking at the 28th foundation day of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Modi said similar incidents are seen differently by some people as they describe human rights keeping their own interests in mind.

“Some even try to dent the country’s image in the name of human rights violation, and people should beware of them,” he said.

Though Mr. Modi did not name any person or organisation, the ruling BJP has been critical of a section of human rights groups, including those with a global presence, for allegedly highlighting cases of HR violations selectively and in a one-sided manner to target the government.

In his speech, the Prime Minister cited a number of measures taken by his government to deliver basic needs such as toilets, cooking gas, electricity and homes to the poor and said this give rise to their aspirations and make them more aware of their rights.

He said by making a law against ‘triple talaq’, his government has bestowed new rights on Muslim women.

The Prime Minister also spoke of the measures such as 26-week maternity leave and more stringent law for rape to highlight his dispensation’s empowerment of women.

The Commission was set up under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, on October 12, 1993, for the promotion and protection of human rights.

The NHRC takes cognisance of human rights violations, conducts enquiries and recommends compensation to victims from public authorities besides other remedial and legal measures against the erring public servants.

Mr. Modi said freedom struggle and India’s history are a big source of inspiration and values for human rights.

Modi’s government relentlessly work for the welfare of the poor: Amit Shah

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been relentlessly working for the welfare of the poor, backward- and deprived sections of thesociety, thereby protecting their human rights,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on the occasion.

Mr. Shah also appreciated the work being carried out by the rights body for creating awareness among people of the country about their human rights over the last 28 years of its existence.

The Home Minister said, “A government with absolute majority was formed at the Centre for the first time in a long period in 2014 and since then it has been doing welfare work for the poor and the deprived sections of the society.”

He said that after the Narendra Modi government came to power, 10 crore families were given toilets, thereby protecting the rights of the women, girls and all others.

“Four crore families were given electricity connections, which are helpful for the old and children alike, 13 crore families were provided clean cooking gas connections that have helped in saving women and others from various diseases,” he said.

Mr. Shah said the Central government has built two crore houses for the poor while five crore more houses will be built soon.

The Home Minister said that seven crore people were given financial assistance by the Central government, directly to their bank accounts, which were opened for the first time. He said, “The Centre has launched an ambitious scheme to provide potable water to every household in the country and two crore families will be given clean water through pipes soon.”

The Home Minister said the NHRC, since its inception, has disposed of 20 lakh cases and awarded ₹205 crore compensation to scores of people for violation of human rights, which is commendable.



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