Human Rights

Gujarat has 25 custodial deaths in a year

Ahmadabad: Gujrat State’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) received 25 reports of custodial deaths in the year 2008-09. The Commission’s report said that during this period innumerable complaints of police atrocities have been received. The report presented in the Gujarat assembly said that the Commission headed by Justice DS Singh has taken the issue very strongly and has asked from reports concerned administration departments in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Expressing anguish over police’s continuous rights violations, the Commission has recommended departmental action against the guilty. Report of action taken by the administration is still awaited. The commission registered 602 complaints in 2008-09, whereas 394 were registered in 2007-08 and 163 in 2006-07. The HRC has expressed its anguish over the increasing number of prisoners in Gujarat jails.
Meanwhile, criticizing the government for its inability to check custodial deaths, the Asian Centre fro Human Rights (ACHR) said in a report on 13 April, 2010 that the number of deaths has increased by 41.66% since the UPA government came to power in 2004. This included 70.72% increase in deaths in prison custody and 12.60% increase in deaths in police custody. The report said that Maharashtra has to its shame the highest number of custodial deaths followed by Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2010 on page no. 11

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