The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), which works on the issue of police reform and human rights, has welcomed the Supreme Court’s order asking States and Union Territories to set up Police Complaints Authorities (PCAs) at the State and district level within three months.

“The establishment of PCAs was a requirement of the now seven-year old Supreme Court directions for police reform given in the Prakash Singh case. CHRI’s monitoring of compliance since then has shown that States and UT’s are extremely reluctant to set up PCAs,” said CHRI in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Compliance

At present only Assam, Chandigarh, Tripura, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Kerala and Uttarakhand have police complaint authorities in place. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh have not done anything concrete on the directive.

Commenting on the subject, CHRI director Maja Daruwala said: “Despite the presence of internal vigilance mechanisms, human rights commissions, the courts and now the Police Complaints Authorities, resistance from the police often thwarts proper investigation and honest results even as complaints abound.”

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