The chief of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Justice Arun Mishra has said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah propelled a “new era in Jammu and Kashmir”, NDTV reported.
At an event addressed by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, Justice Arun Mishra also said it had become the “norm” to accuse India of human rights violations, spurred by international forces.
“It is for you, Mr Shah, that a new era has now begun in Jammu and Kashmir,” Justice Mishra said, speaking at the start of the event to mark 28 years of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which he heads.
Justice Mishra also commented: “It is now a norm to accuse India of human rights violation at the behest of international forces.”
Shortly afterwards, PM Modi also made strong remarks about a “selective” approach to human rights and lashed out at “some” who viewed human rights “with an eye on political gains and loss”.
“Some people see human rights violations in some incidents but not in other similar incidents. Human rights are violated when viewed via political spectacles. Selective behaviour is harmful to democracy,” the Prime Minister said.
Justice Mishra was named the chairperson of the rights body in June this year, despite objections raised by the opposition Congress in the selection committee. This is the first time that the NHRC chief is not a former Chief Justice.