Human Rights Body Issues Notice To UP Government Over Chaining Of Elderly Prisoner To Hospital Bed
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the chaining of a 92-year-old prisoner to his hospital bed during treatment at the Etah district hospital, officials said on Friday.
The NHRC has sought a report from the state government within six weeks of receipt of the notice.
Last month, a photo of Baburam Balram Singh, a convicted murderer, sitting on a hospital bed with an oxygen mask on and his feet chained to the footboard was posted on social media.
An official of the Etah district jail was suspended in connection with the incident.
In a statement, the NHRC said keeping an over 90 years old ill prisoner in jail indicates the "malfunctioning of the Sentence Review Board in the state".