Bhopal, Sept 02: Advocating the setting up of special human rights courts, Chief Justice of India Justice Y K Sabharwal on Saturday said human rights commissions should be given more powers.
Rights bodies should also be set up at the district and tehsil level for effective protection of liberties at the grassroots in an effective manner, he said.
Special courts should be set up to handle cases of human rights violation as the current arrangement is inadequate for effective protection of the people's liberties, he told reporters after delivering a lecture here on the role of human rights commissions in democracy.
Instead of curtailing their powers, human rights commissions should be given more teeth to enable them to effectively protect the people's rights, he said.
In his lecture, Sabharwal said it is necessary to ensure the people's faith in human rights organisations as victims of rights violations approach these bodies hoping to get justice. "These agencies can help the needy if they are adequately empowered," he said.
People are displaced in the name of development but they are not given what is due to them, he said, adding that rehabilitation must accompany development.