Human Rights

NHRC orders compensation for police atrocity

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission directed the J&K government to pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the nearest kin of a victim who died due to police torture. Rejecting government’s contention that it had no jurisdiction over J&K, the commission ordered an immediate compliance. Mohanlal, a rickshaw puller, was arrested by police on 21 June 2003 from Amritsar. He died two weeks later after his release. Asian Centre for Human Rights submitted a report saying that the death was caused by police brutality. The Commission awarded the compensation to the next kin of the victim. The state government pleaded that the commission had no jurisdiction in Kashmir. The panel rejected government’s contention and clarified that the order “is not regarding the violation of human rights, if any, arising out of any legislation made by the state in respect of any of the Entries in List II.”

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 6

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