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Seventeen years since Khwaja Yunus died in Mumbai Police custody, Indian cops still unaccountable for custodial deaths, Firstpost

Firstpost 07 July 2020 In a depressing continuation of the widespread practice of custodial torture, P Jayaraj, 59, and J Fenix, 31, died gruesome deaths in Thoothukudi last month The outrage and debates around the chilling custodial deaths of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu sound a bit too familiar to Sayyad Khwaja Hussain, 50. “It […]

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Ex-IPS Officer On Police Brutality: ‘Punish Such Officers Swiftly, Demystify The Police’, Huffington Post

Huffington Post  07 July 2020 By Akshita Jain, Editor Demystifying the police and increasing the forums of interaction between police and citizens can help reimagine the role of the police, says retired IPS officer Meeran Chadha Borwankar.  The custodial death of a father and son in Thoothukudi last month has led to widespread outrage and protests around the country. […]

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Most States Have Flouted Mandatory Judicial Inquiry into Custodial Deaths for 15 Years, The Wire

The Wire  07 July 2020 By Sukanya Shantha The amended section 176 (1A) of the CrPC mandates judicial inquiry into every case of death, rape and disappearance in the custody. Mumbai: On June 26, following nationwide outrage, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court ordered for a judicial magistrate’s inquiry into the alleged custodial murders of […]

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About Thoothukudi and Other Custodial Police Violence During Lockdown: Part 2, Ground Xero

Ground Xero  06 July 2020 A documentation of the custodial deaths during lockdown that also looks for the answer to some such questions around the class nature, caste nature and religious nature of such deaths. This is the second part of the Groundxero report. The Thoothukudi murders have once again drawn our attention to custodial and other forms of […]

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On rights and wrongs, Milli Gazette

Milli Gazette  04 July 2020 Rights have gone all wrong in today’s India! It is a season of discontent for millions everywhere: the pandemic COVID-19 has disrupted life and livelihoods, the routine and the ‘normal’. People have been forced to adjust and to adapt; to become more frugal, more simple and much more. It is also been a […]

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Learning to bend a knee, The Hindu

The Hindu  03 July 2020 By Vaishna Roy Can the anger around Jayaraj and Benicks break societal indifference to custodial violence? Last year, 1,731 people died in police or judicial custody in India, which translates into some five deaths a day. Almost 75% of those who died in police custody had been tortured. The details […]