Custodial Torture and the need for Comprehensive Police Reforms
Authored by: Arshiya Singh
Edited by: Kausumi Saha
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Custodial torture and deaths are rampant in India, with reports suggesting that an average of 1800 people have died in police custody each year between 2016-2018. Lack of adequate sensitisation or human rights education of police personnel, a severe lacuna of policies and laws to incriminate police officers for committing custodial violence, as well as prejudice and discrimination along lines of caste, tribe and social class are major contributors to the disease of custodial torture. This brief touches upon the severity of the situation, underscoring the need for governments at all levels to implement curative police reforms.