SILCHAR, Dec 11: The World Human Rights Day was debated and discussed at the platforms of different organizations of the district of Cachar. Distinguished persolities and representatives of the legal and other professions took part in the discussions. At the end, question comes up what do common men achieve after listening to their speeches. The media too gives enough space to highlight all about the significance of the day.
The subjects that came up within the ambit of discussions ranged from the core meaning of the human rights, its importance, protection of individual rights and stiffest punishment to those who violate the codes of human rights. Besides, the issues of right to education, right to live a dignified life, citizenship, disrespect to human rights and the mounting numbers of pending cases in the courts of the country. Focus was also laid on the protection of human rights, relevance of all debates if the message of the day could be taken to every nook and corner of the country.
The most important observations were made by Dr. Aftab Hussain Saikia, chairman of Assam Human Rights Commission and former justice, in the programme organized by the district administration of Cachar in coordition with Assam Human Rights Commission. According to him, trampling over human rights has become an everyday affair. There is no feeling of being an integral part of society in man. Nor is there any sense of fear. The guilty easily escapes punishment through the legal wrangling.
Aftab Hussain Saikia cited the examples of brutal violation of human rights in the cases of the murder of Barli and atrocities on Nirbhaya. After people get enraged, there is fuming and even movements. But, everything ends in fiasco. He said the cases of violation of human rights continue to rise. It appears as he pointed out before the constitutiol arrangement of the country, the legal system and the lawyer fail.
In another function Intertiol Human Rights Association of North East, well known lawyer of Gauhati High Court, gave graphic details of the violation of human rights without any corrective measures. No less significant was the observation of Bholeswar Maite, Vice-Chancellor in-charge of Assam University, who stressed the need of consciousness among every citizen of India and to raise his voice against any injustice in the society. Equally remarkable was to remember the day in association with the children of Udichi Orphage which was organized by Human Rights Council.
Besides giving some basic knowledge about the significance of the day, the children were made to understand it through different playful methods who were encouraged with gifts. Udichi, an NGO, is making its own place in the society to bring justice to the orphan children by bringing them to the mainstream of life. It is in its own way significant since it is also a part of human rights to provide the helpless children to live a better and dignified life.
How the common people have been benefited is difficult to say. The one common refrain that emerged from all the talks and oratory was that it is the consciousness in every citizen about human rights and how to protect it not only for oneself but for others also that the true message will go down. It is true that series of lectures on the day often make the listeners feel bore and this question evoke how far the observation of the day is successful. In other words, observation should not be for the sake of observation only but to alert every man about his rights and duties for protection and preservation of human rights.