No scope of HR violations in ideal democratic setup: Jitendra

“In a democracy, its constituents are allowed to disagree with anyone, but without violating his/her human rights,” he said.

Bivek Mathur
Jammu, Publish Date: Dec 10 2018 1:15AM | Updated Date: Dec 10 2018 1:15AM
No scope of HR violations in ideal democratic setup: JitendraFile Photo

Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday said there is no scope of HR violations in an ideal democratic setup.

The union minister was speaking at a seminar organised by the Human Rights Cell of J&K BJP. The seminar as titled: “Human Rights and Our Priorities.”

“Ideally, the human rights should not be violated in a democratic setup,” he said, adding that however if they are, one can conclude that the state is not fully democratic.    

“In a democracy, its constituents are allowed to disagree with anyone, but without violating his/her human rights,” he said.

Singh, however, slammed a section of people, who according to him use violence to express the dissent which he said is “unjustified.”

In the context of J&K, he said, “the first debate over human rights violations started when forces were not having much experience to deal with situation arising out of militancy.

“At that time, some intellectuals alleged forces were jumping the line and resorting to HR excesses. A debate started in the country as to whether army should be put on civilians, and some very influential people of the time were not in favour of this.

“But General Rodrigues’s reply to those intellectuals was: Chain around the feet of my soldier and then ask him to fight is injustice.”

“So, I also believe that for our forces, the priority at that time was to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India. Moreover, they were not much aware about handling the worse situation that had arisen out of militancy,” he added. 

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