The Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling to check human rights violation in prisons, which are infamous for such incidents. On Friday, the court asked the central and state governments to install close-circuit cameras, or CCTVs, in all prisons in India within one year.
The apex court also said that cameras should be installed in police lockups if there are instances of human rights violation.
The court also said that every police station should have atleast two women constables, in a nod to demands from women organisations. Justice TS Thakur and R Banumathi also said that states must fill up vacancies in state human rights commissions within three months.
The court was responding to a petition by Dilip K Basu. At present, states such as Himachal Pradesh, Meghalya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi have dithered on setting up the rights watchdog panel. None of the union territories have set up the commission.