Best Practices

Kenya’s anti-torture law shows India’s failure to criminalise torture

Kenya had a very tumultuous history. Kenyans suffered unspeakable and horrific gross violations of human rights at the hands of the British colonial administration between 1895 and 1963. In order to establish its authority in Kenya, the colonial government employed violence on the local population on an unprecedented scale, including massacres, torture and ill-treatment and […]

Jurisprudence

Document: Excerpts of the Sessions Court judgment in Udayakumar custodial death case, August 2018

Sessions Case No. 917/2012 clubbed with Sessions Case No. 916/2012 (RC.5(S)/08/CBI/SCB /Chennai) Vide judgment and order dated 25.07.2018, the Addl.Sessions Judge/Special Judge of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Sri. J. Nazar convicted six officials of the Kerala Police viz. Police Constable Jithakumar (Accused No.1), Police Constable Sreekumar S.V. (Accused No.2), Police Constable Soman (Accused […]

Resources Sri Lanka Torture Prevention

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 […]

Resources

Torture in India 2010

“At a conference of Chief Justices and Chief Ministers some time back, I had pointed out that the Indian legal and judicial system, in some sense, reflects a great contradiction. Our democracy and our legal and judicial system have strengths that are admired the world over. We have a free press, a truly independent judiciary […]

Resources

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 […]