CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission has recommended to the government to pay Rs. 1 lakh to the parents of a person who committed suicide due to police harassment.
If the government had already paid the compensation, the balance, if any, should be paid to the family.
The Commission Bench, comprising Chairperson Justice A.S. Venkatachalamoorthy and member K. Mariappan, also said the government should take necessary departmental action against two erring Head Constables, if it had not taken action earlier. The government should recover Rs.25,000 from each of them in instalments. In his complaint, W. Michael of Puliyakulam in Coimbatore said police personnel from three stations visited his house at odd hours saying that they had come to enquire about one Krishnan, a relative, who was involved in some criminal cases.
He told the police that he did not know the address of the wanted person as his family had not been in touch with him. The police enquired the other members of the family also. His son, Nelson, was harassed by the police and he committed suicide by hanging in 2006.
The constables, P. Marimuthu and M. Anbarasan, Head Constables attached to B-7 and B-3 police stations in Coimbatore, denied the allegations against them.
They said the complainant was well aware of the whereabouts of her daughter who married Krishnan. After enquiry, Nelson was allowed to go home. They came to understand that there was a quarrel between Nelson and his mother. Later, Nelson committed suicide.
The Commission said it accepted the complainant’s case that the constables visited his house almost every day and exceeded their limits. Instead of enquiring the persons concerned, the police mentally harassed them and in particular, Nelson.
During the cross-examination, Mr. Marimuthu admitted that he had maintained a pocket diary in which the places he would visit on official work would be mentioned. A notebook was maintained wherein the persons enquired on different dates would find place. But, the documents were not placed before the Commission.
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