Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ex-women prisoners allege being abused in Jail


Madurai: Three former women prisoners have alleged that they were subjected to verbal and physical abuse including sexual assault, beatings, threats and intimidation by authorities.
The women, now out of prisons, spoke to reporters at a meeting organised by Campaign for Custodial Justice and Abolition of Torture, an NGO.
The women said their life behind the bars in Nilakottai and Tiruchi was horrible and there was violation of human rights and denial of adequate rights in prisons.
They alleged that detainees were often abused verbally and physically by jail authorities. Many in the prison were deprived of food, sleep, and medical care and they had no proper access to family members or to free legal counsel.
They said that some guards also demanded payment for food or better facilities.
Office bearers of the NGO said they would file a case shortly to implement a 2007 Madras High Court order to prison officials and government on the facilities to be provided in jails.

Personal motive behind Radhika killing: Police


New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that there was personal motive behind the murder of second-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) student of Delhi University's Ram Lal Anand College Radhika Tanwar.
"Property was not the motive of the crime, it was some personal reason. We have tried reaching out to her friends, classmates, family to know more about what happened," said DCP (South Delhi) HGS Dhaliwal.
The police also claimed that the assailant knew about her movement completely - knew what time she leaves her residence, takes the bus, gets dropped at Satya Niketan bus stop. And the foot over bridge has been carefully selected to murder Radhika.
"It's almost certain that she was observed by the assailant," said Dhaliwal in a press conference.
Informing that Radhika's friend who accompanied her everyday didn't accompany her on Tuesday, Dhaliwal said, "It can be a case of obsession".
Radhika was shot by a 315 bore pistol and medical aid was not provided to Radhika soon after the shoot happened, he claimed.
"Duty constable reached within no time, he tried to stop many rickshaws which didn't stop and then he had to force one rickshaw to carry Radhika to the hospital," he said.
The police have constituted different teams, which worked in different areas of Delhi in Radhika Tanwar murder case, informed Dhaliwal.
Emphasising that there was no intention of loot in the case, Dhaliwal said, "She was shot from a close range and he knew her movement".
"College students stand on the ramp she was standing at, it's generally crowded at this time," he informed.
"There were too many witnesses of the murder but everyone denied seeing anything. It's unfortunate that witnesses did not cooperate with us," he said.
The police had received two different kinds of calls when the incident happened. "The description given to us is approximate, we have not come across anyone who has seen this incident happening," said Dhaliwal.
But Dhaliwal acknowledged that the family of Radhika Tanwar has cooperated with the police completely. "Family and friends are in a better mental state today to cooperate with us," he said.
There was somebody from the vicinity who saw an individual running away from the spot.
The police have made a portrait with the help of information given to them from different people. "We have a vague idea about this person who followed Radhika yesterday," Dhaliwal said.
"We request people to come forward and share with us any information on Radhika case," appealed Dhaliwal.