//KSHRC Panel moots Human Rights Court

KSHRC Panel moots Human Rights Court

Justice V P Mohankumar

Justice V P Mohankumar

Kozhikode, Feb 17, 2006.  State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman V.P. Mohankumar visited the Kozhikode district jail at Puthiyara here on Thursday. He interacted with the inmates of the jail and received complaints from some of them.

Speaking to mediapersons, he said that the commission had recommended that the State Government set up a Human Rights Court in the State.He said the Government would take a decision in this regard after consulting the High Court of Kerala.One of the main complaints he received from the inmates was about the food provided to them.

The complaints were regarding the variety of food served at the jail.

Mr. Mohankumar said the commission would recommend the Government to revise the jail manual and change the menu.

The Government would also be asked to provide the services of a medical practitioner inside the jail daily. At present, a doctor visits the jail once a week.

Many of the undertrial prisoners were not being produced before the court owing to the non-availability of police personnel to escort them.

Twenty vacancies remain to be filled, he said.

The Kozhikode district jail was better than those in other parts of the State, he said. Earlier, Mr. Mohankumar had visited the jails in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kannur.

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