The concept and priorities of human rights differ from state to state and it is different in Kerala, said Kerala State Human Rights Commission chairperson justice J B Koshy.
He was inaugurating a national workshop on ‘Human rights and development’’ organised by the Department of Economics, University College, in association with the National Human Rights Commission.
In a society, its socio-economic standards and literacy rate determine the rights people require. It is a shame that our girl children are getting more and more insecure in a society where literacy and development are at a peak, he said.
Even if Kerala is far better in the security of girl child than other states, we cannot just sit back and relax. Police, whom we believe will safeguard human rights, is under pressure from every side and cannot take any firm action. The widening influence of the social media is the last ray of hope, he added.
Sudarshan Kumar Jain, research officer, National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi; T Varghese, director general, Institute of Parliamentary Affairs; V Thankamony, former head, Department of Biotechnology, Kerala University; and V Surendran Nair, head, Department of Economics, University College, also spoke. Former DGP Jacob Punnoose inaugurated the valedictory function.