Gross Desecration of Human Rights due to Custodial Deaths

Author: Paras Gupta, Student, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India



The recent custodial killing of father-son duo in Tamil Nadu has once again received a backlash showing the pressing need for the Anti-Torture Law and the vitiating efficiency of the legal system of India in terminating the occurrences of the custodial deaths. The happy go lucky attitude of the Government of India towards the expeditiously increasing instances of custodial deaths has often proved deleterious to the human rights of the prisoners and many a time resulting in the demise of the prisoners in police custody. Despite being one of the signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Indian government has always been negligent towards the seriousness of the enactment of a law to curb the unabated instances of the deaths in custody. The reasons for the custodial deaths range from the immense pressure on the police officials to produce results to the impotence of the Indian Laws in curbing the evil of Custodial Deaths in India. Time and again, the National Human Right Commission(NHRC) had tried to draw the attention to the gross discretion of human rights caused as a result of unabated instances of custodial deaths but the concerned authorities have always turned a deaf ear to the demands of an apt law that can upheaval this evil from its roots. Although there are several steps that, if taken, will curb the instances of the deaths in the custody, the obligation again lies with the government and the legal system of India to halt this cold-blooded play of power and class.

Keywords: Custodial deaths, Violation of Law, Human Rights.


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