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SC wants cameras in prisons.

IN A MAJOR step aimed at ending human rights violations in jails and in custody, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and all states to install CCTV cameras in all prisons within a year A bench headed by justice TS Thakur also asked the states to consider installing the cameras in all police stations and lock ups.

It also directed setting up of human rights commissions and filling of vacancies of members in the existing ones The court said that every police station should have at least two women constables.

The court directions came while deciding a PIL by one Dilip K Basu seeking prison reforms and filling of vacancies in the state human rights commission.

The proposals had come from senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi who was assisting the court as an amicus curiae to curb instances of custodial death and torture reported across all police stations and jails.

As per NHRC data during 2010- 11, custody deaths in jails totalled to 1,584, which jumped to 1,842 last year.

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Date:Jul 25, 2015
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