Calcutta High Court Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Media Reports Regarding Alleged Custodial Death Of A 15 Yr Old Boy In Birbhum [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesCalcutta High Court Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Media Reports Regarding Alleged Custodial Death Of A 15 Yr Old Boy In Birbhum [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay5 Nov 2020 7:30 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the news reports regarding alleged custodial death of a 15-year-old boy at Mallarpur area in the Birbhum District.Calling the incident “serious issue concurring the violation of child rights”, the Calcutta High Court Bench comprising of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Soumen Sen stated,”Considering the seriousness of the matter we…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the news reports regarding alleged custodial death of a 15-year-old boy at Mallarpur area in the Birbhum District.Calling the incident “serious issue concurring the violation of child rights”, the Calcutta High Court Bench comprising of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Soumen Sen stated,”Considering the seriousness of the matter we direct the Superintendent of Police, Birbhum to file an affidavit disclosing the incident leading to arrest of the child, if required procedure was followed under the Juvenile Justice Act, reasons for the death of the child at the police station and also the action taken by him soon after the occurrence of the incident by 11th November, 2020.” (emphasis supplied)Notably, the order by the Calcutta High Court states that,”The matter is listed in view of news published in some of the leading English and Bengali dailies namely, The Indian Express (Kolkata Edition), The Hindu (Kolkata Edition), The Times of India (Kolkata Edition) and the Bengali daily “Anandabazar Patrika” all dated October 31, 2020 publishing news regarding alleged custodial death of a 15-year-old boy at Mallarpur area in the Birbhum District.”According to a report by ‘The Indian Express’, a 15-Year-Old Boy, who police claimed was detained in connection with theft cases, was found dead inside the toilet of the police station in Mallarpur of Birbhum on Thursday night. Primary investigation indicated that the boy hanged himself, the police claimed. “It raises a serious issue concurring the violation of child rights and procedure to be followed by the police where a child is in conflict with law”, the Court noted.In view of the importance of the matter, the Court also directed the Member Secretary of the Juvenile Justice Committee to give notice to the learned Advocate General as he was not present before the Court. The Court also observed that the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) has taken cognizance of the said incident (quoting a report by TOI).In view of the above-said, the Court directed that West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) shall also file an affidavit by 11th November, 2020 .The matter has been listed for further hearing on 12th November, 2020 at 11 AM.It may be noted that in May 2020, the Patna High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of the harrowing video of a toddler trying to wake up his dead mother at the Muzaffarpur Railway Station in Bihar.In June 2020, the Tripura High Court had registered a Suo Motu Writ Petition taking cognizance of a news report that a minor girl aged about 14 years, a native of North Tripura, Unakoti District, was sold to a family in Rajasthan due to abject poverty of her familyClick Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img