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India sees 348 custodial deaths in three years

  • Published at 01:10 pm August 4th, 2021
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At least 1,189 people were tortured in police custody over the period

No fewer than 348 people died in police custody in different parts of India in the last three years, when at least 1,189 were tortured during detention, said a state minister.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed this to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian parliament, on Tuesday while responding to a question by Congress MP Karti Chidambaram regarding custodial deaths and torture in India. 

Citing information from the National Human Rights Commission of the country, the junior minister said 136 people died in police custody in 2018, 112 in 2019 and 100 in 2020.

Meanwhile, 542 people were tortured in police custody in 2018, 411 in 2019 and 236 in 2020, Rai said.

Chidambaram also sought to know if the government took note of reports of police violence against citizens while enforcing lockdown to rein in the coronavirus pandemic. The Congress MP asked if action was taken against such police officers.

Rai said the Centre has no separate information about this. “As per seventh schedule to the Constitution of India, ‘police’ and ‘public order’ are state subjects and the responsibilities of maintaining law and order, including investigation, registration/prosecution of crimes, conviction of accused, protection of life and property etc. rest primarily with the respective state governments,” he added.

Indian authorities used heavy-handed force to enforce the coronavirus curbs. During March 2020 when the pandemic triggered an abrupt nationwide lockdown, numerous incidents of police personnel assaulting and, in some cases, even opening fire at people not following these rules were reported. Several of them were merely out buying groceries, or were migrant workers walking home.

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