Former convict lodges complaint with human rights panel in Goa

Gopal A. Parsekar, Superintendent of the Central Jail (Goa), has sought time from the Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) to appoint an advocate to represent him to reply to its notice directing him to respond within a month to charges made by Suhas Joshi, who had been convicted of a double murder.

In his complaint, the former convict had accused the jail authorities of misappropriating money meant to be deposited in the compensation fund for the victims’ families. He further claimed that the wages he had earned for two years were deducted by the prison authorities for depositing it in the compensation account.

A two-member Bench of the commission, which heard the case on Wednesday, posted the matter to April 16.

Mr. Parsekar said at the hearing that since the opposite party was represented by a lawyer, he also would avail himself of the facility.

Sources later told The Hindu that the committee constituted for jails in Goa for the Common Victims’ Compensation Fund had not met since its last meeting on July 16, 2011 though it is supposed to meet every three months.

According to prison regulations, 50 per cent of the wages earned by convicts accused of body crimes are to be collected and handed over to the families of victims.

The complainant stated that instead of handing over the money to the victims’ families, the money was siphoned off by prison authorities.

“Fifty per cent of my earned wages, which was supposed to be deposited to my victims’ survival account, was misappropriated by the prison administration of the State,” the complaint filed with GSHRC on January 13 stated.

Ill-treatment

The GSHRC has before it two complaints about the State Provedoria, Institute of Public Assistance (IPA).

In one of the complaints lodged by an employee, Benny Maria D’Souza Fatto (47), it has been alleged that she was being ill-treated and threatened by Assistant Director Vishwas Naik. The complainant has also attached copies of her police complaints in this regard.

The case has been posted for hearing on April 15.

In another case, the Goa Citizens’ Trust, a Margao-based public trust, lodged a complaint with the commission on January 11 through its chairman, Michael T. Fernandes, complaining that children and senior citizens were kept in inhuman conditions at some of the Provedoria orphanages.

The trust said their trustees made surprise visits and saw firsthand the poor standard of living the residents were subjected to. They were even denied normal necessities of life, the complaint stated. They said that they had petitioned Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar too in this regard.

During the first hearing on February 26, while the Director of Provedoria, the third respondent, was represented by the Superintendent of Provedoria, the first and second respondents failed to respond to the notice. The commission has since issued show-cause notices to first and second respondents, namely, the Chief Secretary of Goa and the Secretary, Provedoria (IPA) respectively, for failing to respond to the earlier notices, seeking to know why action should not be taken against them.

The case has been posted to April 2.


  • Money was meant to be deposited in compensation fund for victims’ families

  • Commission has posted the matter for hearing on April 16


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