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People’s Watch, a Madurai-based Human Rights Organisation, has welcomed the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) order that recommended the State government to pay compensation of ₹ 5 lakh each to 15 victims in an alleged case of rape of four women by four policemen attached to the Tirukoilur station in November 2011. The SHRC has also recommended departmental action be taken against the four policemen.

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Expressing dissatisfaction over the progress made in the investigation into the 2019 Avaniapuram custodial death case, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that there was not only a delay but also lapses on the part of the investigating officer. The CB-CID is probing the custodial death case. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana took note of the fact that the incident took place in 2019. But, the probe was yet to be completed. The CB-CID took over the investigation in 2021.

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A People’s Watch fact-finding team, which examined the recent death of two tribals from Sitheri in Dharmapuri in Andhra Pradesh, has urged the State government to form an inquiry committee into the issue.

Two tribals Raman and Balakrishnan had jumped from a van after being taken into custody by Proddatur Forest Department in Andhra Pradesh on November 25. The team urged the Tamil Nadu government to provide ₹ 10 lakh to their families as relief and a suitable government job to a family member.

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They urge State Human Rights Commission to intervene and hold inquiry

Human rights organisations based in Madurai — People’s Watch and Joint Action Against Custodial Torture (JAACT) — have condemned the recent police ‘encounter’ killings in Tamil Nadu. They urged the State Human Rights Commission to intervene in the issue.

The executive director of People’s Watch, Henri Tiphagne, said the State police had gunned down Murthaza of Jharkhand near Sriperumbudur and V. Durai Murugan of Thoothukudi district in Kovalam in the same week.

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Madurai Bench of the High Court asks TNSLA to undertake the exercise and submit a report

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the member-secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority (TNSLA) to instruct the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) to visit central prisons, open-air prisons and special prisons for women to collect the details of convicts who had not filed an appeal against their conviction.

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மதுரையில் விசாரணைக்கு அழைத்துச் செல்லப்பட்ட இளைஞர் மரணமடைந்த வழக்கின் விசாரணை சிபிசிஐடிக்கு மாற்றப்பட்டிருப்பதாக உயர் நீதிமன்றத்தில் அரசு சார்பில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டது.

மதுரை சோலையழகுபுரத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவர் முத்துக்கருப்பன் மகன் பாலமுருகன். இவரை கடத்தல் வழக்கு விசாரணைக்காக அவனியாபுரம் போலீஸார் கடந்த 2019-ல் காவல் நிலையத்துக்கு அழைத்துச் சென்றனர். பின்னர் பாலமுருகன் மர்மமான முறையில் இறந்தார்.

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The All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with the National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) expressed shock and raised concerns over the procedure adopted for the recent appointments in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

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All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) has written to President Ram Nath Kovind regarding vacancies in the National Human Rights Commission.

National working secretary of AiNNI Henri Tiphagne has urged the President to intervene to ensure that members of the appointment committee initiate a transparent process that would consider eligible candidates and their record, experience and contributions to human rights.

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Disappointed over the inquiry being conducted into the 2018 Thoothukudi firing that claimed the lives of 13 people protesting against Sterlite Copper, Madurai-based NGO People’s Watch has asked the government to constitute a fresh commission of inquiry.

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The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Saturday directed all the parties involved in the
Avaniapuram custodial death case to file their counter affidavits.


The court had taken up the matter suo motu after it was alleged the father of the victim was
coerced to withdraw his petition seeking a CBI probe into the incident that took place in 2019.

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