On Thursday, India said it is a secular state with no state religion and also safeguarding the rights of minorities, forming an essential core of its policy. At 27th session of universal periodic Review Working Group at United nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR), Geneva, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that Indian constitution enshrine various provision for protection of rights of minorities.
Rohatgi highlighted the below written points from India at UNHRC Mukul Rohatgi, led the Indian delegation at UN Human Right Council and said, In India there is no distinction between caste, creed, colour and religion of citizens. He said,” India is a secular state with no state religion and Indian constitution Guarantees freedom of religion to every citizen of India. He added, Indian constitution has a rightful place for the speech and expression of citizens.
Rohtagi told,” As a part of world’s largest multi layered democracy, we fully recognised the importance of free speech. Citizens of India are conscious about their political freedom and exercise their choices at all opportunities. ” As Pakistani delegation ranked up Kashmir issue and asked for a ban on the use of pellet guns and asked India to allow a UNHCR team to visit Kashmir and review the situation.
Rohtagi also raised the issue of mob violence against minorities, Sikhs, Muslims, Dalits and Christians in India. At UNHCR Indian delegate said ,” We believe in nonviolence and upholding human dignity. the concept of torture is completely alien in our culture and has no place in governance.” On the armed forces special power act, he said , the act is only to disturbed places and these places are very few to international borders. He said this act is not a matter of ongoing political debate in India.
He said, India has been at the forefront for recognising equal rights to transgender. In 2014 Supreme court gave a landmark judgment and declared transgender as a third gender and included them in other backward class. The court also reinforced that transgender should have equal rights in law, adoption, divorce, marriage and succession.
He said our country has made significant progress for special needs of persons with disabilities by its accessible India campaign. On global warming issue he said, India remains at alert to problem and towards people’s right to clean environment, Indian government has launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan nationwide.
He said India seeks to ensure inclusive development and protection of rights of group and has enacted a range of law to address sexual assault and other gender based crimes. He said, India is overhauled the legal framework for dealing with sexual assault.
India has taken various steps to ensure safe and dignified environment for women and facilitate the economic empowerment. He said India utmost at achieving poverty and sustainable development as a initiative like smart city project, make in India campaign, beti bachao beti padhao, swachh Bharat Abhiyan, jan dhan yojana as a thought of banking for all Digital India, Skill India, start-up India etc to fulfil the goals for achieving 2030 agenda.