Subhashan Reddy lays down office

Amid hopes expressed by several speakers that he would be continued in the post, outgoing State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman B. Subhashan Reddy has said his journey with the commission had come to an end but it was not the end of his career.

Speaking at the fifth foundation day celebrations of the commission coinciding with the end of his five-year term, Justice Reddy thanked former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for giving him the opportunity to serve the SHRC as its chairman.

In one of his last orders before demitting office, he said he had suggested to the government to make genetic screening compulsory before marriage to ensure that children were not born with genetic disorders.

He expressed satisfaction over his term and said it gave him an opportunity to extend the scope of human rights to the pre-birth stage.

The commission received over 40,000 complaints which it resolved by applying the definition of human rights in different contexts.

High Court judge B. Seshasayana Reddy said the commission touched the hearts of several people with its approach.

Justice R. Subhash Reddy said the commission had turned out to be the primary institution of justice for the poor.

Former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Y. Bhaskar Rao praised Justice Reddy for moulding public opinion on human rights.

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