November 28, 2022
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A photograph of Baburam Balram Singh, a convicted assassin, chained to the footboard. (File)

New Delhi:

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a discover to the Uttar Pradesh authorities over the chaining of a 92-year-old prisoner to his hospital mattress throughout therapy on the Etah district hospital, officers mentioned on Friday.

The NHRC has sought a report from the state authorities inside six weeks of receipt of the discover.

Last month, a photograph of Baburam Balram Singh, a convicted assassin, sitting on a hospital mattress with an oxygen masks on and his ft chained to the footboard was posted on social media.

An official of the Etah district jail was suspended in reference to the incident.

In a press release, the NHRC mentioned maintaining an over 90 years outdated ailing prisoner in jail signifies the “malfunctioning of the Sentence Review Board in the state”.

“The National Human Rights Commission has taken a serious view of the chaining of a 92-year-old prisoner to a bed during treatment in Etah district hospital, Uttar Pradesh,” it mentioned.

Accordingly, the fee has issued a discover to the chief secretary, authorities of Uttar Pradesh, searching for a report inside six weeks from the date of its receipt, explaining features like when the final assembly of the Sentence Review Board was held, what number of circumstances are pending earlier than it and in what number of circumstances have sentences been commuted in 2020 and 2019, it mentioned.

The NHRC additionally requested the UP chief secretary to state in his report as to what system is adopted in jails for referring issues to the Sentence Review Board.

“The functioning of the Sentence Review Board should be improved for the protection of human rights of prisoners and decongesting jails to relieve the government from the burden of taking care of such old and ill inmates,” the NHRC mentioned.

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