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PM Modi: Some people recognise human rights violations in some situations but not in others

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed alarm on Tuesday over “selective outrage” over human rights, saying that seeing human rights through a political prism is bad for democracy.

“Some people characterize human rights from their own perspective these days. They see human rights violations in some cases but not in other similar cases. We have to be wary of such people,” PM Modi said at an event to mark the 28th Foundation Day of the National Human Rights Commission. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and former Supreme Court judge and NHRC Chairperson Arun Mishra also spoke at the event.

“Looking at human rights with an eye on political gains and loss harms these rights as well as democracy. Selective behaviour is harmful to democracy and tarnishes the nation’s image. We must be wary of such politics,” Modi added.

The prime minister stated that while the world has been misguided and lost its way in recent decades, India has always been committed to human rights.In his speech, the prime minister cited a number of measures implemented by the NDA government to provide basic necessities such as toilets, cooking gas, electricity, and homes to the poor, claiming that this raises their awareness of their rights. PM Modi also made a brief mention of the law prohibiting ‘triple talaq.’ The prime minister also mentioned measures such as 26-week maternity leave and stricter rape laws to highlight his administration’s commitment to women’s empowerment.

Home Minister Amit Shah said that since the Narendra Modi-led BJP came to power in 2014, the government has tackled poverty to address human rights. “It is the first time that transgenders are getting rights envisaged under the Constitution,” he said.

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