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Delhi to get SHRC soon, process initiated: Kejriwal

New Delhi :Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that government had initiated the process for setting up a State Human Rights Commission.

The move comes after the Supreme Court had last month expressed concern over the fact that there was no State Human Rights Commission in Delhi for the last 22 years.

While speaking on women safety on one day long special Assembly session, Kejriwal expressed surprise at the number of human rights violations in the national capital and said the state would soon get a Commission to deal with such cases.

“Recently Supreme Court observed that Delhi is at No. 2 in human rights violations. I cannot even think about it. I thought it (human right violation) used to happen in Naxalite affected areas.

“Delhi government was directed to set-up state human rights Commission. We have started the process of setting up the Commission. Police complaint authority will also be set up,” Kejriwal said.

The Supreme Court had on July 24 observed that successive governments had simply not bothered to set up the SHRC even 22 years after Parliament enacted the Protection of Human Rights Act in 1993, an official said.

A government official said that according to a report by the National Human Rights Commission shows that of a total of 94,985 cases of human rights violation were registered in the country with the largest number 46,187 reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Delhi with 7,988 cases, and Haryana with 6,921 cases.