The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson Justice (retd) H L Dattu in a statement released on the 27th anniversary of its foundation said that this year has been very tough for humanity globally due to COVID-19 and that the NHRC had registered 32,876 complaints during a period of 6 months i.e. from April to September when the country staggered under the impact of the pandemic.
“We have been trying to cope with the related challenges in line with the spirit of COVID warriors to face the adversity despite the fact that some of NHRC employees were also impacted by the pandemic,” Dattu said. Sharing the details of the complaints registered, the Chairperson said that from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, the Commission registered 73,729 complaints out of which 32,876 came during April 1 – September 30, 2020 including 29 suo moto cases of human rights violation taken up by the rights panel.
The Supreme Court allowed NHRC intervention in its suo moto petition on the issues of migrant labourers, the statement said.
Dattu said, “This year, the pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges at every front of life due to which we are not organizing a formal function to mark the occasion”. However, he said that his hope and prayer is for the situation to improve and to celebrate it along with International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December.