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.