Torture of juvenile; NHRC issues notice to TN govt

Torture of juvenile; NHRC issues notice to TN govt

Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notice to the Tamil Nadu Government into the illegal detention of a 17-year-old boy and his two family members of Kuravar community in connection with a  burglary and torturing them in the most inhuman way.

According to a release from the NHRC, the victims were tortured purportedly on the ground that they belonged to a tribe dubbed by the British as criminals under the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871.

The Commission today issued notice to the State Government through its Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, calling for a detailed report, including the action if any, taken against the erring police personnel, within four weeks.

“No human being should be subjected to discrimination merely on the fact that he belonged to a particular caste, creed or community,” it said.

The contents of the news report are a matter of concern. The incident, alleging illegal detention of a young boy, physical torture of the family members and atrocities committed by the police personnel, indicates towards violation of human right to life, liberty and dignity of the victims, it added.

On July 31, 2016 some police personnel from the Ambattur Police Station in Chennai, picked them up from his hut in Cholavandipuram, Villupuram district for questioning about an incident of burglary about which he had no idea, it is said.

The juvenile was reportedly, released when his family intervened to convenience the police that he was just 17 years of age.