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File case against Higher Officials of Govt. Medical College Hospital responsible for three patients death

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Memorandum sent to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the death of three patients in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College Hospital in Puducherry:

Respected Sir,

Sub: Puducherry Government Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute – Death of 3 patients during dialysis – Proper judicial enquiry – requested – reg.

On 9.3.2017 at The Puducherry Government Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute at Kadhirkamam, 3 patients who were undergoing dialysis collapsed on the table as a result of power failure and also failure to provide alternative power.

The collapsed patients were 1. Susila (75) from Kadirkamam, 2. Amsa (56) from Veemanagar, and 3. Ganesan (55) from Ganthi Thirunallar. It is a shocking coincidence that the incidence took place on the World Kidney Day being observed all over the world.

Suspension of all the medical staff including the medical officer on duty, staff nurses and technicians and also an ex-gratia payment of Rs,.5 lakh to the family of each of the deceased were announced by the Health Minister Shri Malladi Keishna Rao. The state government has miserably failed to manage the only pride medical college and hospital. The government should own full responsibility for the deaths.

The action taken on the staff on duty is not sufficient enough, suitable action should also be taken against the Director, and other supervisory officials and criminal case should registered against all of them.

The monetary compensation payable to the families of the deceased should be raised to Rs.25 lakh and the same should be paid immediately.

The state government should release a white paper on the incidence and subject itself to a judicial enquiry by a sitting judge high court.

Yours truly,

G. SUGUMARAN

Secretary, FPR.

Take action on prison officials responsible for the women prisoner suicide: Memorandum to NHRC

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Memorandum sent to the National Human Rights Commission on 13.01.2015 by G. Sugumaran, Secretary, Federation for People’s Rights, Puducherry:

One Ambika (36) w/o Ravi belonging to MGR Nagar Tsunami Quarters at Karaikal adopted a girl child as they had no children of their own. They got their adopted daughter married at the age of 17 to one Sivakumar (43). The girl lodged a complaint with the Karaikal Town police against the step mother for giving her in marriage being a minor. Consequently filing a case in Cr. No. 240/14 U/s 372, IPC r/w 34 IPC, 9 and 11 of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act and 6 of POSCO Act, the Karaikal Town Police arrested  Ambika, Valli and Kumar on 14.10.2014 and lodged them under Judicial Custody at Puducherry Central Prison at Kalapet.

The said Ambika applied for anticipatory bail in Puducherry Court twice but her petition got dismissed. As a result in a frustrated mood she committed suicide on 06.01.2015 at the women cell at the Prison by hanging herself by tying her sari to the window. The Kalapet Police has registered a case in Cr. No. 3/15 U/s 176 Cr.P.C. A Judicial enquiry has been conducted under Section 176 (1A) of Cr.P.C.

The Supreme Court in its several Judgments observed that the prisoners under Judicial Custody should not be lodged in prison for a longer period. Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer and Justice D.A. Desai, in their Judgment observed that It makes sense to assume that a man on bail has a better chance to prepare or present his case than one remanded in custody. And if public justice is to be promoted, mechanical detention should be demoted….. The principal rule to guide release on bail should be to secure the presence of the applicant who seeks to be liberated, to take judgement and serve sentence in the event of the court punishing him with imprisonment.’ (Supreme Court Judgment dated 31.01.1978 in Babu Singh and Others Vs. The State of U.P). For ignoring the directions of Apex Court, a life has been lost in Puducherry Prison.

After the Central Prison was shifted to Kalapet several custodial deaths were reported (2009 – 3, 2011 – 1, 2012 – 1, 2015 – 1). But no action was taken against any Prison officials who are responsible for the life of the Prisoners and so such deaths still continue.

Even in this incident there were 7 Women Prisoners in the cell. But due to lack of care and supervision at nights this incident took place. It is due to negligence of the Prison officials.

As the government is responsible for the custodial deaths, severe action should be taken and concerned Prison officials should be punished, a compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs should be paid to the family of the deceased and also a Prison Monitoring Committee comprising of Human Rights Activists should be constituted to monitor the Prisons in Puducherry.

So, we request the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission and direct the Puducherry Government to act immediately in this regard and render Justice.

Appreciation Letter to Chief Justice of India for delivering a Landmark Judgment on Death Penalty!

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Federation for People’s Rights (FPR) Secretary G. Sugumaran sent an appreciation letter to Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam and also a similar letters to Judges Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Mr. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh on 25.01.2014:

Honoured Sir,

On behalf of ‘Federation for People’s Rights (FPR), Puducherry’ we convey our heartiest thanks for delivering the Judgment on death penalty by the three Judges bench headed by your honour on 21st January 2014. This is a historical, remarkable, land mark Judgment and it leaves the message to the civilised society to abolish the barbarous death penalty from the statute. This Judgment was sincerely welcomed by the human rights groups working in all over the India and also in the international level. We, the citizens concerned, working in the field of human rights say that this judgment will definitely strengthen the movement against the death penalty in India.

Sd-

G. SUGUMARAN, Secretary.