The Supreme Court has directed the central government and all states to install CCTV cameras in all prisons across the country, along with taking a call on installing such cameras also in police lock-ups, in case there are incidents.
A top court bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi said that these cameras can be installed in jails within one year but not later than two years.
The court also said that every police station must have at least two women constables.
Justice Thakur also directed all state governments to fill vacancies in various human rights commissions within three months time.
The directions came while the court was acting on a PIL filed by one Dilip K Basu seeking prison reforms and filling of vacancies in state human rights commissions.
A prison break was recently reported from a jail in Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh while CCTV footage showed the man taking on a maze of walls with some deft moves before jumping off.