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Police should not be rights violators, says NHRC chief
NEW DELHI, Aug 27 (Agencies):
Published on 27 Aug. 2010 10:32 PM IST
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Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice K. G. Balakrishnan asked top police officials to understand that a misplaced protective approach towards acts of omission and commission by their subordinates raised an attitude of impunity, which was very harmful in the long run in protecting human rights.
Addressing the conference of the State police chiefs, Inspectors-General of Police and senior intelligence officials here, he said : “They [senior police officers] need to ensure that their subordinates work with the spirit to promote rule of law which alone can serve as a guarantee against violations of human rights.’’
It was for the first time that the annual conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau, devoted an hour-long interaction with the NHRC chairperson and four NHRC members on sensitising senior police officers about creating a security environment that promotes good governance and upholds human rights. Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Mathur were present during the interaction.
Voicing concern over custodial violence, he said such a crime could certainly be prevented by the police themselves. He asked the police chiefs to provide leadership to their forces for “zero tolerance’’ for custodial violence. He also asked them to “devise ways and means’’ to reduce the gap between people’s expectations from the police and the actual service being delivered to them.
Noting that guaranteeing basic human rights of the police and basic amenities of the service were the best way to motivate the policemen to discharge their duties, he said.
transparency and impartiality of mechanisms of accountability create strength and credibility for the police.
“In other words, a democratic country like India needs democratic policing. Democratic policing is based on the idea of the police as protectors of the rights of citizens and the rule of law which ensuring the safety and security of all equally,’’ he said.

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