The concept of human rights is the hottest debatable topic of this century. It has been in existence ever since the humans have existed on this earth and so it isn’t a new concept but has become debatable and much more vital in todays world.
Human rights, as the term itself conveys, refers to the rights of the people that they posses because of the very reason of that they are humans. These rights are something that are very natural and come to every human being on this earth irrespective of nationality, gender, age, caste, creed, colour, race and even nature of the person. The point to be noted here is that these human rights are available to everyone, be it a noble person or a criminal. The propogators of human rights and the activists of the same arre of the view that even if the person is a criminal and has committed ample number of crimes, he should not be deprived of his human rights. There are various organisations, ngos, activists, etc who work for the protection of the human rights of the individuals or to say, humans. These organisations work for the betterment of the society and fight for the rights of the individuals where they suffer scrutiny, crisis and injustice. No doubt, they do a wonderful job in doing so. But as it is said extremism of nothing is good. When these human rights activists start supporting the criminals and fight for their human rights, they completely forget about the rights of those innocent people who were subjected to brutal cruelty by these so called “criminals but humans”.
Before getting to the depth, let us first go through the following news headines:
1. in a small city of M.P. called Mandsaur, a small girl who was around 8 years old was kidnapped while she was returning form her friends house, brutally gang-raped with abuse of her private parts, harshly beaten and was left to die.
2. The Murder of Naina Sahni: The victim was fatally shot thrice, then her body was chopped into pieces and put into tandoor to dispose by her husband Sushil Sharma, a congress youth leader and MLA.
3. In the city of Jalandhar, Punjab, one Darbaara Singh brutally killed more than 23 chidren of age below 10 years by slitting their throats. Later, he raped and sodomised with their dead bodies.
4. One Mohan Kumar of Mangalore was convicted of luring more than 20 women to marriage, having physical intimacy with them and later on poisoning them by cyanide pills only to rob later.
5. Delhi Rape Case, 2012: Crime that shook the whole country!
The victim Damini, as known to everyone was brutally raped while she was returning back home in a public bus. Not only this, the iron rod was penetrated into her vagina and was circulated mercilessly, causing severe damage to her internal organs. After raing the girl, she was thrown out of the bus on the streets of Delhi in naked condition.
6. Kamdani Rape and Murder Case, 2013
A 20-year old college student was sexually harassed and tormented for days. Later she was gang-raped and murdered by 9 men who tore her legs all apart till her navel, slitted he throat and then dumped her body in an abondoned nearby field.
7. 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack
10 Fedayeed Terrorist entered in Mumbai from sea way bombed vaious places in bombay. A total of 166 persons died and 293 were injured in this attack.
8. Mumbai Bombings
13 bomb explosions shook the city of Mumbai in 1993. The assault resulted in the death of 270 civilians with 700 more wounded. It is said that the attack was organised by Dawood Ibrahim.
And many many more to be mentioned….
Just reading about these crimes make us shiver to our bones. Then just imagine what must the victim and his/her family must have gone through. Not only the victims but also their families have been deprived of their fundametal, natural as well as HUMAN rights by the barbarians. Now lets throw a ray of ight on the atermath of these incidents. Just after the commission of these crimes or the terrorist attacks, the Indian government and the Indian judiciary system was pressurised by various interest groups and the pressure groups for the dispensal of justice. There were various strikes, bandh, candle marches, etc in support of the victims. But guess what! Just when the Indian Judiciary was about to dispense justice in its entirety and punish the offenders by sentencing them capital punishment, the human rights activists suddenly bombarded the criminal justice system of India with the as usual concept of HUMAN RIGHTS.
But do such people really deserve such rights. The human rights activists often argue that these human rights are available to all and so should be provided to criminals also. And that since one cant deny death to a person so they shouldn’t deny them the right to live as well. To this, the counter-argument that I would like to present is that those people who did not value the basic human rights of others, who didn’t even think twice before committing such barbaric crimes, who if allowed to live and if forgiven for the sake of human rights would pose a threat to the entire human society, do such people really deserve human rights.
Infact, leave about human rights and all. Are these people even humans? Human rights are for humans and not for such devils who have shooked the roots of humanity. What is the logic behind providing human rights to such criminals who have denied such rights to others by their acts?
Talking about human rights ad the crimnal procedure laws in India, The Criminal Procedure Code of India, 1973 provides for many provisions that safeguard the human rights such as the rights available to criminals before trial, rights during trial and rights aftr trial. The rights of accused include ight to have a fair trial, get bail, hire a criminal lawyer, get free legal aid and many more.
Undoubtedly these provisions of criminal procedure serve to meet the ends of justice following the principles of natural justice. These are the rights that are provided to the accused under Cr.P.C. and so they become very important since it is essential to provide an opportunity of being heard to every accused person and also other options to defend him(er)self. But once the guilt of an accused person is proved, then the concept of human rights should not be brought in between by the human rights activists as it would mean knowing the devil and yet saving him(er) with a false assumption that (s)he is a human.
I would like to quote some real life anecdotes here:
1. “ I fear men. Yes! I fear every men out there and in my family too. I fear every male, be it my teacher, my brother, my uncle, my best friend or a stranger. The moment I hear the word past and childhood memoies, all I can recall is how I was sexually harassed when I didn’t even kniow what was happening to me, not just once or twice but on a regular basis by my cousin brother, the uncle next door, my tution teacher and who not. And obviously I couldnt do anything except surrendering myself as my parents trusted them more than me.” A teenager named goldi from a small city in M.P. quotes.
2. “ Right from what I can recall 2 years of age, my maternal uncle used to harass me sexually and even abuse me. He used to rape me at times so frequently that I dont even remember the number of times I was shattered into a lifeless statue. And one fine day, when I was 14 and had the courage to stand against whatever the hell was happening to me, I said dont do this, I will tell about all this to mumma. What then broke me more was that I heard next, he told me to go and say and lets see whom will your mother believe. Lets see do you have the courage to bear the shame that this incident will bring. And I became helpless, yet I resisted at my best and ran away to hide in a small corner on terrace only to cry till I was called down to serve my uncle by mother.” A young girl called poonam said while cnfronting her fears, who aspires to make this world a better place to live in.
These incidents remain forever engraved in the hearts of its victim. It is impossible for people to forget the cases of Child abuse, sexual harrassment, rape, sexual abuse, etc and especially when the victim has continuously been under this trauma during her life. These things mark them, stains them and makes them feel so impure as if these are some dirty stains on the soul that can never be washed away. All these incidents consumes its victiims even when they were not the one at fault. Such incidents stand in between them and their bright life ahead.
Now, should we forgive those sexal assaulters and abusers of goldi and poonam for the sake of their human rights without giving any heed to the rights that these girls have been deprived of. Therefore, it is said that the extreme of none is good. Human rights is a good concept and is essential too for the existence of a good society. However, fighting for the human rights of the henious criminals,who because of their actions have lost the right to be even called as humans and have become devils, is something that I find insane. Therefore, we should allow the justice delivery system work to meet the ends of justice by whatever way it can.
In a nutshell, it is concluded that “Human rights are for humans and not for devils”. It clearly opines the idea that the rights of only those people should be demanded, preserved and fough for, who deserves those rights. these rights should not be generalied universally to everyone otherwise because of the propogators of human rigts for criminals today devils like Ameer Ajmal Kasab and Osama Bin Laden would have been aive only to threaten the whole world and vanish half of it. Last but not the least, I am NOT against human rights but it is also noteworthy that extremes of either side are not going to ensure the welfare of humanity.