This briefing paper examines the state of torture in India with special focus on Tripura. As per the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), four cases were registered against police for custodial violence in Tripura during 2017. Reports of torture continue to be reported from the State. On 31 October 2019, Mangal Das (19 years) died due to alleged torture in police custody at Radhakishorepur police station in Gomati district of Tripura. The deceased Mangal Das, son of Arati Das, hailing from Amarnagar village of Matabari sub-division in the district, was arrested by the police on the charges of theft on 23 October 2019. Police claimed Mangal Das was taken to hospital for routine medical checkup, where he complained of an illness, and died during treatment. However, Mangal Das’ mother Arati Das alleged that her son was tortured by police in custody, leading to his death. She also alleged that police did not hand over the body to them and forcefully cremated the body without conducting post-mortem examination.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]