The custodial death of a Dalit youth in Chennai again sparks outrage and highlights the urgent need to humanise the police force.
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Bring Education under the State list, treat the Sri Lankan Tamils fleeing the island nation as refugees and not as illegal migrants, grant tribal status to fishermen, ensure that 90% of the Central government jobs in Tamil Nadu were reserved for Tamils - these are some of the resolutions passed by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) at a State-level Conference held in Madurai.
‘Stop use of FCRA to repress dissent’
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on Monday condemned the registration of a case and searches by the CBI against the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) and its initiative, People’s Watch, for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC), a Madurai based non-governmental organisation (NGO), and its programme unit, the People's Watch, on charges of violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 1976.
People’s Watch, a Madurai-based Human Rights Organisation, has welcomed the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) order that recommended the State government to pay compensation of ₹ 5 lakh each to 15 victims in an alleged case of rape of four women by four policemen attached to the Tirukoilur station in November 2011. The SHRC has also recommended departmental action be taken against the four policemen.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the progress made in the investigation into the 2019 Avaniapuram custodial death case, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that there was not only a delay but also lapses on the part of the investigating officer. The CB-CID is probing the custodial death case. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana took note of the fact that the incident took place in 2019. But, the probe was yet to be completed. The CB-CID took over the investigation in 2021.