Delhi Government yet to take action for setting up Human Rights courts despite making promises

Though Delhi Government promised in June 2011 to Delhi High Court that within six weeks it will either establish or designate Human Right Courts. However 5 months have elapsed and there does not seem to be any movement on the issue.

The move came in response to a PIL filed by Asian Centre for Human Rights, who deposed before the court that Delhi Govt. was directed in 1999 by the Central Govt. to set up human rights courts. The Govt at the time promised that it will designate three courts for undertaking human rights cases. PIL stated that the Govt. has not moved in 11 years.

It may be noted that Human Rights Protection Act 1993 requires the state govts to set up human rights court and appointment of special public prosecutor. In fact there have been as many as 7.8 lakh cases registered with National Human Rights Commission between 1993 and 2008.

It is hoped that the Delhi Govt. will not take another 11 years and a PIL to take action for setting up the case.

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