In a landmark verdict to ensure protection of human rights of prisoners, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre and all state governments to put prisons under surveillance of CCTV cameras. A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur also directed the states which have not set up Human Rights Commission to form the panel as soon as possible.
There are many states and Union Territories like Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi, which have so far not set up the human rights watchdog panel. The court also asked the state governments to consider installing CCTV camera in police stations and lock ups to ensure that people are not subjected to unnecessary torture. It also directed that there must be two women constables in each police station.