Torture in India 2011

Due to the lack of financial resources, Torture in India 2011 covering the incidents of 2010 cannot be printed and is only available online. Torture in India series which started in 2008 were previously published under the National Campaign for the Prevention of Torture – a programme funded by the European Commission. The project from the European Commission had ended in April 2010 but the National Campaign for Prevention of Torture continues as there has not been any reduction on the use of torture in India.

Torture in India series have been instrumental for bringing national and international spotlight on torture in India. The Government of India regrettably has been reluctant to address torture. It drafted Prevention of Torture Bill, 2008 with only four operative clauses. The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) responded by drafting alternate “Prevention of Torture Bill, 2009” through a National Conference held on 24-25 June 2009. In fact, when the Lok Sabha passed the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 with the same operative clauses on 6 May 2010, the Government of India had to refer the Bill to the Parliamentary Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha headed by Mr Ashwini Kumar, the current Minister of State for Planning. The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 as drafted by the Parliamentary Select Committee incorporates many of the recommendations adopted by the National Conference organized by the ACHR.

As this report indicates, more than four persons have been killed each day in the last decade from 2001 to 2010. The same findings in Torture in India 2008: A State of Denial made national and international news. It shows that there has been no reduction of incidents of torture in India.

It comes as no surprise that the government of India once again failed to introduce the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 as drafted by the Parliamentary Select Committee in the forthcoming parliamentary session (9th Session of Fifteen Lok Sabha and 224th Session of the Rajya Sabha) commencing on 22 November 2011. The lack of political will to stamp out torture requires little introduction.

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