CJI: Risk of Human Right Violation and Bodily Harm highest at Police Stations

Shivani Pandey-

Published on: August 09, 2021, 11:18 IST

Chief Justice of India, N.V Ramana, stated that “Police Stations impose the highest threat to human rights and dignity which are Sacrosanct. Going by recent reports, even the privileged are not spared third-degree treatment.” 

The CJI was addressing at an event organized by the National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA) on Sunday to start the ‘Vision and Mission Statement’.

To keep the Police’s enormity in check, the Chief Justice suggested that people must be sensitized about the Constitutional Rights to Legal Aid, and availability of free Legal Aid Services is important.

“The installation of display boards and outdoor hoardings in every Police Station/Prison is a step in this direction”, he suggested.

NV Ramana lauded that despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, NALSA has been successfully able to carry on the legal aid service. He recommended for the services of the postal department to be utilized to increase awareness of Legal Aid.

The CJI added that the media is an important stakeholder in this major mission.

“I have an appeal to make to the media as well. It is the mass media that has the unparalleled capacity to spread the message of service. You are also stakeholders in this important mission”, he mentioned.

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