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 National Human Rights Commission had registered 35 deaths in police custody during 2009-2010 to 2018-19. In addition, deaths in judicial custody due to torture, lack of proper medical treatment etc continued to be reported at various jails across the State. As per NHRC data, a total of 175 prisoners died in jails of Karnataka during 2008-2018.
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, […]
Article 11 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka specifically prohibits torture by stating that “no person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. This prohibition is made absolute by Article 15, which prohibits any limitation on Article 11 under any circumstance, even for reasons of national security and […]
In his report to the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (25 February–22 March 2019), the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment examined the relationship between corruption and torture or ill-treatment, outlined the predominant patterns of interaction between the two phenomena as well as their systemic root causes, […]