New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and the states to install CCTV cameras in all the prisons and consider the same in lock-ups and police stations also to ensure that persons are not subjected to torture. A bench of justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi, in its verdict on a PIL, passed a slew of directions including the installation of CCTV cameras in jails within one year.
The bench also directed that two female constables be posted in all police stations.The apex court also directed the state governments which have not set up Human Rights Commission to fill up vacancies in the panel within three months. Noting that many states and Union Territories like Himachal Pradesh, Meghalya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi have not set up their own state human rights commission, the court also asked union territories to set up the panels expeditiously. The judgement came on a PIL by Dilip K Basu seeking prison reforms and filling of the vacancies of the state human rights commission.