CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday took suo-motu cognizance of two news reports published in The New Indian Express and directed the authorities to file a report.
Reacting to an Express report published on March 22 - ‘Dalit Man Seeks SP Help to Save Lover,’ the commission directed the District Collector and Superintendent of Police, Pudukottai, to form a committee for providing psychological counselling to the parents and to prevent any harm to the couple.
Vinoth (27) of Krishnayapuram in Karur had submitted a petition with Pudukottai SP Rajeshwari’s office on March 21 to protect his lover, who has been kept under house arrest and is facing threat of honour killing. According to him the Vadakadu police had failed to act upon the girl’s SMS seeking help even as the family was forcing her to get married to another man and have beaten up and locked her.
SHRC chairperson, Justicce T Meenakumari said a report in this regard should be sent to the commission within two weeks, after which the matter would be listed for consideration.
The commission also took cognizance of another report- ‘Students Allege Sexual Abuse By 2 Teachers, Petition Official’ and called for a report from the Director of School Education in Chennai and the Superintendent of Police, Karur District, within four weeks.
Students of T Sellandiamman Government High School submitted a petition to the Chief Education Officer (CEO) here on Monday accusing their Tamil and Mathematics teachers for punishing pupils. The students said both used to hit students with whatever came handy and also scolded children in filthy language, said the complaint.
The matter would be listed for further consideration before the Commission after four weeks. In the event of any default to file the reports, the Commission may proceed to take such action as it deems fit and proper, the judge warned.