NHRC notice to foreign ministry

NHRC notice to foreign ministry

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notices to Union Ministry of External Affairs, Home Affairs of Tamil Nadu government and Kerala government on a case related to harassment caused to a woman passenger due to her illegal detention by the Immigration authorities at Chennai International Airport.

The  commission, in a notice, asked the concerned authorities to explain why it should not recommend payment of monetary relief to the victim and disciplinary action against the erring officials in the airport.

With regard to the case, the NHRC also asked the Secretaries of Union Ministries of External Affairs and Home Affairs, Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police, Government of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to submit a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

The complainant, Sarah Thomas, said that on October 29, 2014, she was illegally detained at Chennai International Airport and thereafter, taken into remand, imprisoned and subjected to mental and physical torture because of negligence and procedural irregularities by the officers of Immigration Department, Tamil Nadu Police and Kerala Police. 

She has mentioned the names of the erring officers in the complaint.