CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday took suo-motu cognisance of three reports that appeared in The New Indian Express (TNIE) on May 18 and has swiftly called for reports from authorities concerned.
Taking cognisance of the news item titled Believe it or Not, Cops Take Cuffed Accused to Night Shows, Patrols published in the front page of TNIE dated May 18, which exposed how Villupuram police took handcuffed accused persons to night show movies and patrols, the SHRC headed by its chairperson Justice T Meenakumari, called for a report from the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Villupuram range within four weeks.
Similarly, the SHRC took suo-motu complaint of the news article titled Apathy Clips Hopes of Home for Jailbirds appeared in TNIE dated May 18 that revealed the story of languishing women prisoners for years in the Vellore special prison for women, as they were denied permission by the prison authorities to spend time with their families.
SHRC, directed the Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), Egmore, Chennai to file a report on the issue within two weeks.
The third suo-motu complaint was based on a news report titled Begging Syndicate Using Babies Busted, 7 Caught published in TNIE dated May 18. The report was about the arrests made by the anti-human-trafficking unit of Tiruchy police that exposed the begging racket involving hired babies. Justice Meenakumari called for a report within three weeks from the Tiruchy Collector and Police Commissioner as to whether the kids have been handed over to safe custody.