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Five deaths in police custody every day over 10 years, but few convictions, Business Standard

Business Standard 06 August 2020 Torture in police custody is “routine” in India, experts say, and is mostly used to coerce suspects to give up information and build evidence during an investigation At least 17,146 people were reported to have died in judicial and police custody–nearly five a day, on average–in cases registered in the decade to […]

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5 Deaths In Police/Judicial Custody Every Day Over 10 Years, But Few Convictions, India Spend

India Spend  06 August 2020 Bengaluru: At least 17,146 people were reported to have died in judicial and police custody–nearly five a day, on average–in cases registered in the decade to March 2020, according to the latest data from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). This year alone, in the seven months to July 2020, the NHRC […]

In Media

Custodial killings in Kerala: Deconstructing facts, Sabrang

Sabrang 29 July 2020 By Faheem Muhammed M.P A critical inquiry into custodial killings in the state over the last four years Civil society has been enraged since the death of Jayaraj (59) and his son Fenix (31) allegedly due to the custodial torture in the Satankulam police station in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district. The police booked […]

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Gujarat: 6 policemen accused of custodial murder of Telangana man remain untraceable, Sabrang

Sabrang  24 July 2020 The hopes of recovering the remains of the victim are bleak, but all circumstantial evidence make up the facts in the case, as per the ACP who is the complainant in the FIR The six policemen from Vadodara who have been charged for allegedly killing a migrant worker from Telangana are […]

Torture Prevention

International Action against Torture during April 2019

The United Nations mechanisms and the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) took a number of measures against torture. This includes consideration of the periodic reports by the UN Committee Against Torture, country visit of the UN Sub-Committee Against Torture, interventions of the UN […]

Torture Prevention

International Action Against Torture During March 2019

UN Human Rights Committee urged Viet Nam to end torture and ill-treatment On 11-12 March 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, considered the third report of Viet Nam at its 3580th and 3581st meetings, and on 25 March 2019 during its 3599th […]

Torture Prevention

International Action Against Torture During February 2019

37th Session of SPT held:  The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) held its 37th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 February to 22 February 2019. The SPT session information is confidential, but the SPT publishes annual reports on its activities. Its sessions generally […]

Jurisprudence Resources

India: Judiciary’s action against torture during April 2019

The Judiciary in India regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence, which often results in death. Some of the emblematic cases of judicial action during April 2019 are given below: Case 1: Rajasthan High Court directs […]

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India: Interventions by NHRIs against torture during April 2019

The National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of India i.e. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) are mandated to address human rights violations and continue to intervene in cases of torture. As per latest data available, the National Human Rights Commission registered a total of 5,722 fresh cases, including 12 […]

Jurisprudence Resources

India: Judiciary’s action against torture during March 2019

The judiciary regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence. The emblematic cases are given below. Case 1: Delhi court sentenced five Uttar Pradesh police personnel to 10 years imprisonment for custodial death On 20 March 2019, […]

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India’s Covid-19 Lockdown: Unprovoked Police Beating, Unwarranted Deaths & Uninterrupted Repression

India’s Covid-19 Lockdown: Unprovoked Police Beating, Unwarranted Deaths & Uninterrupted Repression report provides detailed description and analysis of arrest, torture and deaths at the hands of police; deaths of the migrant workers while returning home; repression on doctors, journalists and activists during Covid-19 in India; and  examines the role of the judiciary during the pandemic.

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POLICE BRUTALITY & UNWARRANTED DEATHS DENT INDIA’S COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Table of Contents The lockdown count during the 1st week: Brutal assault of over 173 persons & at least 27 lockdown related deaths Emblematic cases of torture and inhumane and degrading treatment during the 1st week of the lockdown Details of 27 lockdown related deaths during the 1st week 1. The lockdown count during the […]

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The State of Torture in Telangana

Telangana is once again in the news on unabated extrajudicial executions in the State. On 6 December 2019, the four accused in the horrific gang-rape and murder of a veterinary doctor at Chatanpally in Hyderabad were shot dead by the police in an alleged encounter. The accused were in judicial custody and were taken to […]

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About 37 lakhs or 89% of the NRC exclusion list suffering from mental torture, trauma and humiliation, NCAT survey   

New Delhi: Releasing its report, “Assam’s NRC: Four Million Tales of Mental Torture, Trauma & Humiliation”, containing the survey on the state of mental health of those excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) stated that about 37 lakhs or 89% of over 41 lakhs excluded from the […]

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External link: MASUM highlights torture in West Bengal

Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) in its 2018 Annual Report highlighted human rights violations in West Bengal. MASUM had lodged 184 complaints in 2018 with the National Human Rights Commission on almost eighteen different types of cases of human rights violations including 16% cases of torture perpetrated by the BSF personnel and 10% cases of […]

By Country Resources

Uganda’s anti-torture law: A mirror image showing India’s failure to criminalise torture

The Uganda Constitution of 1995 provides that no person shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. On 3 November 1986, Uganda ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.[1] In 2012, Uganda enacted the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act giving effect to […]

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South Africa: Anti-torture law in inaction

Torture was routinely used by the apartheid regime in South Africa to punish and suppress those opposed to its brutal and discriminatory policies and practices. Even in post-apartheid South Africa, torture survives. Torture mostly happens in police cells, correctional services, other places of detention, on the streets and in some cases in people’s private spaces. […]

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PRESS RELEASE: India records daily five deaths in custody, Uttar Pradesh tops deaths in police custody during 2019

New Delhi, 26 June: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its “India: Annual Report on Torture 2019” released today on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture stated that a total of 1,731 persons died in custody during 2019 i.e. death of about five persons daily. These included 1,606 […]

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Press Release: Nirbhaya convicts hanged: 34% increase of rape cases and 19% decrease of murder cases since the  Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case show death penalty does not act as a deterrent

NEW DELHI:  Four convicts of the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case i.e. Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail this morning (20th March 2020). “Though the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case shakes conscience of the humanity for the sheer barbarity, death penalty does not act as a […]

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Press Release: CAA Impact – About 6,00,000 refugees made forever stateless, India urged to using stop refugees as pawns as stated in the counter-affidavit to the Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) today (18 March 2020) stated that about 6,00,000 refugees in India have been made forever stateless and remain at risks of refoulement because of their exclusion from the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) which grants citizenship only to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from […]