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.
On 25 June 2019, a day ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the custodial death of undertrial prisoner Syed Fairoz, aged 21 years, at Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, Bengaluru on 24 January this year. The […]
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 […]
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 […]