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.
Across India, cases of torture in police and judicial custody continue to be reported on regular basis including of women. Emblematic cases of torture in police custody On 22 November 2018, a 45-year-old man identified as Arvind Yadav died under suspicious circumstances in the custody of Makkhanpur Police Station in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh. […]
Torture in police custody is rampant in India. It is a pervasive problem that predates this report. The State and the police remain in worrying denial. The annual reports, Crime in India, of the National Crime Records Bureau of the Ministry of Home Affairs that report very few deaths in police custody reflect this disturbing […]
This report examines the acceptance of India’s “diplomatic assurances” with respect to extradition; custodial torture in Haryana, torture in India during November 2018, international action against torture in November 2018 and examines Maldives’ anti-torture law which shows India’s failure to criminalise torture. Download the Full Report Share the story