The National Human Rights Commission on Friday said that it has solved 71 cases of Police excesses out of the 179 cases. The commission also directed the Tamil Nadu Government to pay Rs. 25,000 as compensation to all the families whose children's cheeks were pierced in 2016 during prayers done while the former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was in the hospital. The National Human Rights Commission Chairman H L Dattu said that Tamil Nadu DGP J K Tripathy has been directed to ensure that no police atrocities are committed on individuals involved in petty offences.
According to sources, as many as 20 children were brutalised when the late Chief Minister of the state Jayalalithaa was in the hospital. Children were being used with a belief that the pain of the children would save the life of Jayalalithaa. The Greater Chennai police commissioner has confirmed that such an incident had happened on October 3, 2016. Following this, the NHRC intervened and asked for a report on the same.
The Chairman also said in another case, the panel had recommended a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to a victim of custodial torture. The remaining cases could not be taken up as some were pending before civil courts or were in the final stages of the trial, he added. Based on some instances, the DGP was directed to ensure there are no more police atrocities on individuals who have committed petty offences. "The commission has recommended compensation of Rs 8 lakh in two cases - custodial torture of a person and another case in which cheeks of 20 children were pierced for a speedy recovery of former CM Jayalalithaa," the Commission said.
Another NHRC member Jyotika Kalra said that the panel has asked a report from the DGP on the status of prisoners in jails across Tamil Nadu. She also said that the NHRC has learnt that 91 prisoners with broken bones are in jail in the state. The DGP has assured that a committee set up by the department will submit a report within a month Kalra added