It has shifted from Faridkot House and started functioning from its new building - Manav Adhikar Bhawan, near INA, in New Delhi, from Monday.
Inaugurating the new premises NHRC Chairperson Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, however, said that the Commission would continue to make efforts to have an independent building as Manav Adhikar Bhawan is part of an inter-linked group of identical buildings having various Government offices, which may cause confusion and needless aspersions about its independent status.
There is a need for the news organizations to develop an NHRC beat, which has the widest scope for reporting on different rights-based issues, coming under various ministries.
Referring to a large number of under trial prisoners in jails, Justice Balakrishnan said that the tendency to arrest in small offences is needed to be curbed. Fair trial is necessary for all individuals and Government must ensure that courts are fully equipped in terms of manpower and resources so that cases are disposed of speedily and criminal justice system could work to its full potential.
Expressing concern about a large of complaints against police personnel, he emphasized upon their sensitization, especially at Thana and Chowki level, about the importance of human rights.
He also expressed serious concern over increasing incidents of sexual assault and crime against women and said that the development and economic growth would not make any sense in a society if its moral quotient goes down. Laws may have a different value but reform has to come from within.
The NHRC Chairperson regretted that despite effective Laws the instances of child and bonded labour and atrocities against Scheduled Castes have not come down. He said that the National Human Rights Commission does not have an adversarial role to the Governments, it only helps in good governance and it would continue this policy.