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Rights group urges NHRC to order Tripura government to hand over Pindulal murder case to CBI, Northeast Now

Northeast Now 24 December 2020 The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) has urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to order the Tripura government to hand over the investigation into Pindulal Chakma murder case to the CBI. The NCAT in its complaint to the NHRC also called upon to invoke the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled […]

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Poor account for 71% of custodial deaths in India, The Hindu

The Hindu 10 December 2020 Celebrities or rich people often get reprieve by claiming to suffer from kleptomania, says anti-torture group Data culled from the annual reports of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) from 1996-97 to 2017-18 have revealed that 71.58% of the custodial deaths in India were of people from poor or marginalised […]

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Indian police use violence as a shortcut to justice. It’s the poorest who bear the scars, CNN News

CNN News / PDF link 03 December 2020 By Mohit Rao Bengaluru, India (CNN) It was minutes into India’s Independence Day when police stormed a slum in the western state of Gujarat where Hira Bajania, 65, was sleeping. In the black of night, he was dragged from his home, taken to a nearby police station and […]

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To Check Custodial Deaths, India to Install CCTV Cameras in Police Stations, Vice World News

Vice World News 03 December 2020 By Danish Raza There have been more than 1700 custodial deaths in the country in the last 10 years. In a landmark ruling to check excesses in police custody, India’s Supreme Court has ordered the installation of CCTV cameras across police stations and offices of all investigating agencies. Cameras should […]

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NO EXCUSE OF KLEPTOMANIA: Poverty, Prejudices and Torture in India

In its report, “NO EXCUSE OF KLEPTOMANIA: Poverty, Prejudices and Torture in India” released today, the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) stated that the National Human Rights Commission its Annual Reports from 1996-97 to 2017-18 had cited 95 illustrative cases of custodial deaths, and out of these, the victims in 68 cases comprising 71.58% belong […]

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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 […]

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International Action Against Torture During December 2018

The  UN Committee against Torture on 7 December 2018 concluded its sixty-fifth session after adopting concluding observations and recommendations on the periodic reports of Canada, Guatemala, Maldives, the Netherlands, Peru and Viet Nam on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).[1] The concluding […]

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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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Briefing: Interventions by India’s NHRIs during March 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 the latest data available, the National Human Rights Commission registered a total of 7,169 fresh cases, including […]

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India: Judiciary’s action against torture in February 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.  I. Bombay HC directs Maharashtra Government to submit status report on installing CCTV cameras in police stations On 18 February 2019, […]

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The Status of COVID-19 in Indian Prisons

  The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in this report, The Status Of COVID-19 In Indian Prisons, stated that out of the 1,350 jails in India, COVID-19 infections have been reported from at least 351 jails in 25 out of total 36 States/UTs of the country as of 31 August 2020. The maximum number of […]

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Racism in India: The need for criminalisation of racism and racial crimes

New Delhi, 26 August 2020: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its submission to the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws of the Ministry of Home Affairs today urged the Committee to insert new provisions in the Indian Penal Code i.e. Section 52B, 153C and Sections 509A to define, criminalise and penalise racial offences […]

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The indispensability of adding offences of torture in Indian Penal Code

The NCAT in its submission, “The indispensability of adding offences of torture in Indian Penal Code’ censured the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws for the exclusion of torture from its questionnaires for the 1st & 2nd Consultations on Substantive Criminal Law despite Union Home Minister Amit Shah declaring on 29.08.2019 declaring that ‘the era of third […]

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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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PRESS RELEASE: NHRC urged to transfer Tripura’s Pindulal Chakma murder case to the CBI and invoke Prevention of Atrocities Act

NEW DELHI, 24 DECEMBER 2020: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought the directions to the Tripura Government to transfer Pindulal Chakma murder case to the CBI for fair inquiry to meet the ends of justice and invoke the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention […]

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PRESS RELEASE: No judicial inquiry in 71% cases of deaths in police custody, NHRC urged to recall its order diluting mandatory judicial inquiries into custodial deaths

New Delhi: On the Foundation Day (12 October) of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) urged the NHRC to recall its order dated 5 April 2010 in Case No. 416631/24/26/0809/JCD and subsequent directions issued to the States and Union Territories including on 6th May 2013 that under Section 176(1A) […]

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Racism in India: The need for criminalisation of racism and racial crimes

New Delhi, 26 August 2020: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its submission to the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws of the Ministry of Home Affairs today urged the Committee to insert new provisions in the Indian Penal Code i.e. Section 52B, 153C and Sections 509A to define, criminalise and penalise racial offences […]

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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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NO EXCUSE OF KLEPTOMANIA: Poverty, Prejudices and Torture in India

In its report, “NO EXCUSE OF KLEPTOMANIA: Poverty, Prejudices and Torture in India” released today, the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) stated that the National Human Rights Commission its Annual Reports from 1996-97 to 2017-18 had cited 95 illustrative cases of custodial deaths, and out of these, the victims in 68 cases comprising 71.58% belong […]

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20 YEARS OF UNSC RESOLUTION 1325: INDIA FAILS TO IMPLEMENT

I. The UNSC Resolution 1325 On 31 October 2000, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It  among others, calling upon all parties to armed conflicts to “respect fully international law applicable to the rights and protection of women and girls, especially as civilians, in particular the obligations […]

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The Status of COVID-19 in Indian Prisons

  The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in this report, The Status Of COVID-19 In Indian Prisons, stated that out of the 1,350 jails in India, COVID-19 infections have been reported from at least 351 jails in 25 out of total 36 States/UTs of the country as of 31 August 2020. The maximum number of […]

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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 […]