NHRC rakes up TN government; Issues notice on piercing cheeks of children for recovery of Jaya

Tamil Nadu government is served with the notice by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday against the case who which forced about 20 children to pierce their cheeks with two-meter steel rods as part of a ritual for the speedy recovery of the then ailing CM J Jayalalithaa.

The Commission also rack-up the north Chennai additional commissioner of police, Law and Order to register a case under sections 326/341/34/120B IPC and 23 of Juvenile Justice Act against the people involved in the activity.

The order issued by the NHRC to the commissioner also asked to respond within four weeks to the disciplinary actions which were taken against the police officials who were present at the site.

The Commission has also asked the Home Secretary of Tamil Nadu government to submit a report within four weeks, on steps taken to stop such rituals.

As part of a ceremony, the children were made to walk from Murgan Temple, R.K. Nagar, to Seniamman Temple, Manikondu, Tondiarpet by the supporters of AIADMK.

Acting on the complaint filed into the allegations, the Commission rakes-up the concerned authorities on the 7th November 2016.

The Commission observed from the material available on record, including the photographs, it is apparent that the children were very small and innocent and their cheeks were forcibly pierced.

A photograph reveals that the children were made to wear a cap with a photograph of Jayalalithaa and with the slogan written on it – “long live Amma”. One girl is seen caught by some persons for the purpose of piercing her cheeks. The incident makes it a clear case of violation of human rights of children.

The Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai, in his report, confirming the incident, had said that the children participated in the event with the approval of their parents and were not forced to do so.

However, he had accepted that the incident was a gross violation of Child Rights and that the police personnel, who attended the security duty on the 3rd October 2016 in connection with the event, had been severely warned.

He assured that if any such incident is reported in future, action will be taken under the relevant provisions of the law against the guilty.


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