During last 10 years, Police killed 4 in custody daily

According to a report released by the Asian Centre for Human Rights in the past ten years police have killed on an average four a day in police and judicial custody. As per the report the number of custodial deaths between 2001 to 2010 is 14,231 which works out on an average of at least four custodial deaths daily. Of these total deaths 1504 people died in police custody and 12,727 died in judicial custody. In the same period Uttar Pradesh registered a maximum of 331 custodial deaths followed by Bihar (136), Maharashtra (130), Andhra Pradesh (106), Punjab (96), Rajasthan (85), Madhya Pradesh (84), Tamil Nadu (77), Gujarat (75) and West Bengal (73). Earlier, report released by the United Nations, the Working Group on Human Rights in India has presented a very bleak scenario of human rights in India. Maja Daruwala, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Executive Director has said that the existing institutions are in despair and failing our needs and our police and judiciary needs more reforms and accountability. In order to stretch out further on issues pertaining to human rights violation AK Ganguly, Supreme Court Judge has recently said that on broader perspective India must step forward to take the lead in establishing South Asian Human Rights Commission in order to deal with cases of human rights violation in the region. Ganguly while speaking on the occasion of Human Rights Day function organised at OP Jindal Global University at Sonipat said that religious violence, social deprivation and lack of political will comes in the way of development of human rights. The Centre for Promotion of Human Rights Teaching & Research in association with Equal Opportunity Office of Jawarharlal Nehru University organised a seminar on Human Rights Education in India: Past, Present and Future in order to gauge the progress made by India for the promotion of teaching and research on human rights education and duties. Despite paucity of figures available on human right violation or highlighted by various human rights groups the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 has not been sincerely tabled in parliament to get it passed at the earliest. It is believed that the draft of the bill is very close to the UN convention against torture.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2012 on page no. 1

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