04 March, 2021

"A Criminal Should Have No Human Rights"

Chief minister Kalyan Singh says he has clamped down on criminals only to ensure the safety of the people. He also believes that if there is an 'encounter', the policeman should live, not the criminal. Excerpts:

"A Criminal Should Have No Human Rights"
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You say 'a criminal should be in jail or be dead'. Doesn't this subvert the basic concept of the judiciary?

I have great respect for the judiciary. But my first responsibility is to ensure the safety of the people—their life and property. If an encounter takes place and a criminal dies, woh upar hi jayega. (He will go to heaven.) When there is an encounter, the policeman should live, not the criminal. Sure, when a criminal is killed, the question of his human rights is raised, but what about the rights of somebody's son who is killed by a criminal? A criminal should have no human rights.

But why should a chief minister decide who should be granted human rights?

The court decides only when the case goes to court. When a criminal opens fire in an encounter with the police and gets killed—and the policemen also have an equal chance of getting killed—where does the court come in? In fact the Human Rights Commission has praised us in its report that Uttar Pradesh has set an example in registering cases and...

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