NHRC seeks report from UP police over suicide of a teenager

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New Delhi, Sep 30 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Senior Superintendent of Police of UP’s Etah district over the alleged suicide by a teenager who was arrested on charges of drug possession, a statement said on Thursday.

Taking congnizance of a complaint, that a 15-year-old boy, unable to bear the torture of being sent to a jail as an adult on charges of drug possession, had allegedly committed suicide when released on bail after three months in Etah on September 21. The Commission has asked the UP police to submit its inquiry report within six weeks.

The rights body said the complainant had alleged that the teenager arrested by the Etah police in connection with drug possession was sent to district jail instead being produced before a Juvenile Justice Board.

The father of the boy has reportedly alleged that his son was illegally arrested and tortured to extort money by the police, the release said.

“As per rule 7 and section 94 (c) of the Juvenile Justice Act, date of birth is the primary proof of age of a person. Under what circumstances, the juvenile was treated as an adult,” the Commission asked.

The rights body has also directed its ‘investigation division’ to conduct an on the spot enquiry and after analysing the case suggest institutional measures, which could be recommended to the government to ensure that the children are not treated as adult for prosecution, the statement said.

The Commission also asked the division to look into the role played by all the concerned stakeholders in this case, including the Judge, before whom the child was produced within 24 hours of his arrest, and the the doctor who examined the child, it said.


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