Article 1 of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Article 2 states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration …”
Please read this piece by Harsh Mander. How many of us can claim that none of this happens in our own houses as well? Can we honestly claim that we treat our domestic help as “free and equal in dignity and rights”? Are we upholding Articles 1 and 2 or are we violating them?
Article 5 states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Article 7 states: “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”
Article 9 states: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”
What happens when something valuable such as a piece of jewelry is missing? Almost all people immediately suspect the domestic help. Many people accuse the domestic help, while a few people actually file a police complaint. After some time, if the missing item is found (as happens quite often), would suitable amends be made to the domestic help who was accused of stealing it?
Are we upholding Articles 5, 7 and 9 or are we violating them?
Please read the remaining 25 Articles of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS and decide for yourselves whether we are upholding these Articles or violating them.
Before we condemn human rights violations committed by others, let us, the people of India, correct ourselves. Let us do all that is needed to protect the human rights of all the people in our lives. As Mahatma Gandhi had said, let us be the change that we wish to see in the world.