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Report Dated December 20, 2016 12:58 PM
Nearly 600 people died in police custody from 2009-2015, after being tortured, says Human Rights Watch in its report. The human right group said police regularly disregard arrest procedures and torture suspects to death.
Though torture is illegal in Indian law, enforcement agencies in many countries say it does little to elicit information, many Indian cops are open about their use of the ‘third degree’.
Retired police officer Jairaj Sharma in Uttar Pradesh long a centre of crime and corruption says ‘Until you use third degree against them, they will not speak’.
Human Rights Watch said strict enforcement was needed of existing arrest guidelines, including informing of those arrested, providing medical examinations and quickly producing suspects before magistrates.
The New York based group demanded that police officers who engage in torture be disciplined and prosecuted.
Report Dated November 5, 2016 7:43 PM
A well-known dubbing artiste Bhagyalakshmi told a press conference where a gang rape victim was telling of her ordeal, that among the insensitive questions asked by the police to the victim was’ Who among the rapists gave you the maximum pleasure?
Bhagyalakshmi had posted on Facebook a shocking account of how the woman from Thrissur was gang-raped.
Later the rape survivor age 32, told the media how an invalid husband and poverty made her vulnerable to predatory neighbours two years ago. She said the victims were made to wait like dogs in the police station for days and she was tortured mentally, so she decided to drop the case.
As part of evidence collection they would take her to public places and ask intimate details, said the survivor who was accompanied by her husband, Bhaagyalakshmi and activist and actor Parvathy.
The survivor named the four rapists – P N Jayanathan, Bineesh, Shibu and Janeesh. Two of the accused denied the allegations and one said the woman was making the allegations since he had asked that money he lent her husband be returned.
The four rapists, who were friends of the husband, allegedly went to her house one day in 2014 and told her that her husband met with an accident, so she went with them and was gang-raped.
Report Dated October 19, 2016 7:01 PM
According to the state prison department, more than 2,050 prisoners have died in Uttar Pradesh since 2010, making that amount to one prisoner dying every 26 hours.
Human rights activist Naresh Paras had filed an RTI that led to the revelation of the fact. Other statistics showed that as many as 44 prisoners committed suicide between 2010 and 2015.
Age and natural causes behind the death of prisoners is another excuse to escape the reality of the pathetic situation in UP prisons, where there is also a lack of medical treatment for the inmates. The state government and prison authorities have no concern for the inmate’s rights.
The atmosphere in prisons provokes convicts to commit suicide and even though protection of inmates is the responsibility of prison authorities, still murders and unnatural deaths in jails and police custody continue to take place frequently.
Report Dated October 14, 2016 3:44 PM
Minhaz Ansari was arrested in Jharkhand because of WhatsApp messages about beef that police said were inflammatory. He was detained along with some others over the messages on beef that police said could disturb peace in the run up to Dussehra and Muharram.
The others were released but Minhaz who allegedly started the group was arrested and charged.
The man age 22 died at a hospital in Ranchi. His family said he had been beaten and tortured by the police while in custody.
The post mortem report said his body bore abrasions and internal injuries, and doctors also suspect he had not been fed while in custody.
Following the allegations of torture after his death, the police set up an inquiry.
The district administration has issued a circular for administrators of WhatsApp groups that they say should only admit people they know personally. Also, they will be responsible for any member posting unacceptable material, and if such a member is not immediately removed from the group, the administrator will be prosecuted under the IT Act.
Report Dated August 8, 2016 11:56 AM
Two labourers were allegedly beaten to death by cops in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, for refusing to pay a Rs.100 bribe.
Reports say at first police claimed that the two victims, Dilip Yadav and Pankaj Yadav died after jumping into a pond when they attempted to run from the cops at a vehicle checkpoint. An autopsy however suggested that the labourers had succumbed to their injuries prior to drowning.
Angry protests ensued after villagers found the bodies floating in the water. Protesters including the victims’ families blocked roads and attacked several policemen.
An FIR was filed by Pankaj’s cousin against the police chowki in charge, Udaiveer Singh, head constable Girish Chandra, constables Gaurab Singh and Vinay Gautam, home guards Viresh Kumar and Ram Khilari as well as brick kiln owners Sunil Verma and Pramod Dube.
They are charged under the IPC sections on murder, voluntarily causing hurt, and criminal conspiracy.
The SP who had rushed to the site had suspended four police personnel and wrote to the department head asking for action to be taken against the two home guards.