Andhra Pradesh has been infamous for extrajudicial executions in the context of countering the Naxalites. Torture has been an integral part. The National Human Rights Commission registered cases against 80 deaths in police custody during 2009-2010 to 2018-19, six cases of custodial rapes reported between 2014 and 2016 and 765 deaths in judicial custody. Apart from torture in Andhra Pradesh, this newsletter reports about torture in India during July 2019, actions of the judiciary and the NHRIs against torture during July 2019 and International Action against Torture during July 2019.
Racism in India: The need for criminalisation of racism and racial crimes
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 […]
POLICE BRUTALITY & UNWARRANTED DEATHS DENT INDIA’S COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
Table of Contents The lockdown count during the 1st week: Brutal assault of over 173 persons & at least 27 lockdown related deaths Emblematic cases of torture and inhumane and degrading treatment during the 1st week of the lockdown Details of 27 lockdown related deaths during the 1st week 1. The lockdown count during the […]
Lessons for India from neighbourhood: Sri Lanka’s anti-torture law, June 2018
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 […]