“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
– Nelson Mandela
With this motto, Asian Law College, Noida part of Asian Education Group (AEG) organized one-day visit to National Human Rights Commission, INA, Delhi on 6th March 2023 to understand the need of NHRC, its divisions, powers, the role played by it in preserving human rights and the problems existing in achieving the fulfilment of basic rights of the people.
In the first session, Mr. Mukesh Kulshrestha SRO (Training) welcomed the students and explained about 6 divisions that exist for the efficient working of the Commission. The next session was presided over by Mr. Manoj Yadav, Director General (Investigation) shared his expertise by explaining real life examples of human rights violations such as silicosis, the role of media vis-à-vis human rights. Analysis of BRT corridor or “killer corridor” was done to elucidate media abuse in the context of human rights. The third session was presided over by Mr. KK Srivastava (Deputy Registrar, Law) who explained the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and its provisions with special emphasis on the investigation part and kinds of complaints dealt with by the Commission. Mr. Dushyant Singh (DSP, NHRC) graced the fourth session. His 42 years of experience made everyone aware of the practical issues faced by the inmates and he undertook different case studies to explain human rights violations of jail inmates through role play in the context of West Bengal Vagrancy Act, 1943.
Students interacted with four esteemed panelists and learnt about their rights, history, and their responsibility as citizens of India. By learning about the experiences through discussion and role-play of those who have been subjected to discrimination or violence, student developed a greater understanding of the impact that these human rights violations have on individuals and communities. Important case studies in which NHRC intervened and uplifted human rights were well received by the students which encouraged and ignited students to work for preservation of human rights.