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.
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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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 […]