Mental patients beaten: NHRC issues notice to Delhi govt

Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 21:32

New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from Delhi government on
a complaint alleging that five mentally challenged inmates of
a government observatory were "brutally" beaten up by a
caretaker here last month.

Issuing a notice to Delhi Chief Secretary, the
Commission asked him to submit a report about the alleged
incident "within four weeks" from the date of the receipt of
the notice.
A caretaker at Asha Kiran allegedly beat up five
mentally challenged inmates at the government observatory home
on August 26 and the condition of three of the inmates was
stated to be serious.

A complaint in this regard was filed by a rights
activist and lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy on August 31. The
Commission took cognizance of the case on October 1 and issued
notice to Delhi chief secretary in this connection same day.

"Issue notice to Delhi chief secretary calling for a
report within four weeks.... in default the Commission may
proceed to take such action as it deems proper," Commission
said in its notice to Delhi chief secretary.

In his complaint, Tripathy pleaded the Commission to
investigate the case and take immediate step to ensure that
human rights of the Asha Kiran inmates are protected from the
"inhuman activities" of the authorities at the observatory
The complainant alleged in his petition that the
observatory home has been in news for "spate of deaths".

In August, two inmates were reported to have died at
Asha Kiran, he charged.


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 21:32

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