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PRESS RELEASE: No judicial inquiry in 71% cases of deaths in police custody, NHRC urged to recall its order diluting mandatory judicial inquiries into custodial deaths

New Delhi: On the Foundation Day (12 October) of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) urged the NHRC to recall its order dated 5 April 2010 in Case No. 416631/24/26/0809/JCD and subsequent directions issued to the States and Union Territories including on 6th May 2013 that under Section 176(1A) […]

Jurisprudence Resources

India: Interventions by NHRIs against torture during April 2019

The National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of India i.e. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) are mandated to address human rights violations and continue to intervene in cases of torture. As per latest data available, the National Human Rights Commission registered a total of 5,722 fresh cases, including 12 […]

Death Penalty

The State of the Right to Life in India

Article 21 of the Constitution of India guarantees the right to life but ‘procedures established by law’ sanction violation of the right to life through imposition of death penalty in violation of the international standards on fair trial, dispersal of unlawful assembly (crowd control), self-defence (extrajudicial executions in fake encounters), and effecting arrest and dealing […]


Torture in India 2009

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 […]