Deputy director of Karnataka Police Academy Dharanidevi Malagatti stressed on the need for awareness among the people regarding atrocities and need for protecting human rights.
She was speaking at the 9th refresher course on ‘Human Rights — Indian Constitution and Legislative Development’, organised by Department of Studies in Law, University of Mysore, and UGC Academic Staff College here on Monday.
Human rights dates back to Vedic era, she said, “as they have been mentioned in Vedas. Social reformer Basavanna also emphasised life and human values during the 12th century.”
She said, although human rights have been propounded since ages, they have not been effectively implemented. Pointing out the laws on human rights, she said, police should be perceived as a part of society and should be approached for help when needed. Even today, victims are reluctant to a lodge complaint against atrocity or sexual assault. “People should be educated about legal aspects of human rights and their importance,” she added.