Monday, October 20, 2008

NHRC chief advises Media to focus on social issues

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has advised newspersons to pay more attention on burning issues like deaths due to malnutrition and problems of the poor rather than to the cases relating to encounters and custodial deaths. The rights body Chairman Justice S Rajendra Babu said ensuring protection of rights of economically deprived and underprivileged sections needed a bigger focus than highlighting a few cases of encounters and custodial deaths.

"You give so much importance to encounters and custodial deaths. Please do not give so much importance to these.

It is a small percentage so far as the entire country is concerned," Babu told PTI. His comments came when asked about the Commission's view on a spate of encounters, including the one in south Delhi's Jamia Nagar where two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed, and custodial deaths in the country. "There are bigger issues.


We must protect poor people, the people who are starving. It is these people whose rights have to be protected,"
he said.

Identifying malnutrition deaths as an important issue, he said 50 per cent of the people in the country die of malnutrition. "Fifty per cent of the people in this country die of malnutrition.

Large number of children are suffering from malnutrition. This is an important issue.

It is a larger issue," he said. Babu also underlined the need for vigorous effort to protect the poor section of the society.

Source: http://in.news.yahoo.com/20/20081019/1416/tnl-nhrc-chief-advises-media-to-focus-on.html

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