NHRC Debate competition for para-military forces<br> <br>
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) lifted the overall best team rolling trophy by winning the final round of All India inter-para military forces debate competition in Hindi and English, organized by the National Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in New Delhi on the 18th October, 2012. The topic of the debate competition was "Human Rights can be observed by para military forces only by endangering national security".
Among the individual honours, the first prize for debate in Hindi went to Mr. Santosh Verma, Head Constable, CRPF and in English to Mr. Neeraj Chand, Deputy Commandant, SSB. The second prize in Hindi went to Ms. Rekha Sharma, Sub-Inspector, CISF and in English to Mr. Anil Kumar, Assistant Commandant, CISF. The third prize in Hindi went to Mr. Deepak Sawalakhia, Assistant Commandant, CISF and in English to Captain T. Krishna, NSG. Consolation prize in Hindi went to Mr. Anil Kumar Rana, Inspector, ITBP and in English to Major Bhargav A., NSG.
The winners were decided by a three member panel of jury headed by Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, NHRC and comprising Mr. A.K. Suri, former Director General of Police, J&K & Director General, RPF and Prof. B.T. Kaul, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
Congratulating the winners of the Debate Competition, Justice Balakrishnan said that despite the challenges of their duties, the security personnel should not compromise with the rule of law and human rights. He said that people only with a narrow mind can say that national security will be compromised by respecting human rights. Role of security forces in upholding human rights is well defined. The security forces have to operate in difficult situations, but for this special powers have also been given to them to deal with extreme situations. Counter terrorism and counter intelligence should not undermine the democratic rule of law.
Referring to poor conviction rate, the NHRC Chairperson said that criminal justice system needs to be corrected to ensure speedy trial by setting up more courts. Steps should also be taken to increase the number of police personnel in various parts of the country to expedite the process of fast investigation and hearing.
The NHRC has been organizing this debate competition in Hindi and English since 1996.