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HC directs NHRC to look into ‘brutality’ against drug addicts

The court also asked police to inform homeless drug addicts about de-addiction services available and the arrangements available for their follow-up treatment.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 24, 2014 1:24:36 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to deal with the issue of alleged harassment and police brutality towards homeless drug addicts in the capital.

While listing the matter for further hearing on September 3, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog said the scope of the PIL — that had initially centred around provision of shelter for the homeless — couldn’t be widened to encompass alleged police brutality and noted that the NHRC was the apt forum for such matters.

The court’s decision came after NGO Shahri Adhikar Manch Begharon Ke Liye claimed that police had brutally beaten up homeless drug addicts instead of taking them to de-addiction centres. The court noted that the issue of victim’s compensation would also be heard and decided by the NHRC.

The court also asked police to inform homeless drug addicts about de-addiction services available and the arrangements available for their follow-up treatment.

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94% Metro  pickpockets are women, CISF study finds

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Wednesday apprehended three pickpockets at the Ashok Park Main metro station.

PRO, CISF, Heminder Singh said, “The three men have been identified as Sunny, Soum and Balak Ram. They were spotted around 8.15 am by constable David Ekka who is posted at the CCTV control room of the station.”

CISF officers said the three had been involved in two cases of theft at Metro stations earlier. In one instance, they stole Rs 30,000 from a passenger, and in the other, a Samsung Note-3 was stolen.

Meanwhile, an analysis of pickpockets at the Metro, done by the CISF, has revealed that 94 per cent of pickpockets held in the rapid transport system of the national capital region this year are women.

Data for the first three months (January- March) of 2014 show that of the 126 pickpockets held, 118 were women.

“Women pickpockets have an intelligent modus operandi. They either carry a child with them or mingle with the crowd. They largely target women passengers,” a senior officer said.

The abundance of women pickpockets poses a challenge to security agencies guarding the Metro network. Last year, of the 466 pickpockets held across various places on the Delhi metro, 421 were women.

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