[WSMDiscuss] Policing in India- A Need for Cracking the Impunity and Fixing the Accountability

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Fri Jul 3 09:36:31 CEST 2020

Dear Friends 

Greetings! India hasso far refused to ratify UN Convention against Torture which was signed by iton October 14, 1997. Police in India continues with its colonial era Acts, Rulesand Regulations, with modifications here and there in between, and resorts toextra-judicial torture and killings with impunity in overwhelming ways andwithout much of accountability. There is absolutely no concern for promotingand protecting human rights. On the contrary, any mention of ‘humanrights’ is frowned upon by the senior police officials and other policepersonnel who are involved in maintaining law and order.


On the links givenbelow you could watch an interview and also read couple of reports and opinionpieces on how policing is being carried out in a democratic state whichbrazenly becomes a police state. And how torture and extra-judicial killingstake place with impunity and no accountability at different levels. 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network. 


Watch |'India's 23-Year-Old Failure to Ratify UN Convention Against Torture isShameful'

Karan Thapar, TheWire, July 02, 2020 



India's former lawminister Ashwani Kumar speaks to Karan Thapar on this particular laxity inlight of the brutal custodial killing of Jayaraj and Bennicks in Tamil Nadu.




Justicefor Jayaraj and Bennix Means Ending a Culture of Impunity

Hugo Gorringe andKarthikeyan Damodaran, Opinion, The Wire, July 02, 2020 



Cases of justicebeing served in police killings are the exception rather than the rule acrossIndia.




Five Custodial DeathsIn India Daily, Says Report 

Special Correspondent, The Hindu, June 27, 2020 



Torturemethods include hammering iron nails in body, hitting private parts, urinatingin mouth




EveryCustodial Death a Reminder of Why India Must Ratify the Convention AgainstTorture

Som Thomas, Opinion, The Wire, June 27, 2020 



How can millions of citizens expect compassionate protectionfrom forced migration, exploitation and bondage, when the Government of Indiahesitates on a basic legislation against daily violence by its own agencies? 





National CampaignAgainst Torture [A platform for action of the NGOs committed to stamp outtorture in India], New Delhi, June 26, 2020 





EncounterRaj: Indian Security Forces Are Killing Without Consequences

Aman Sethi, Huffpost India, December 07, 2019 



A judicial probe establishing the CRPF andChhattisgarh police killed 17 villagers, including 7 children in 2012 was madepublic in the same week the Telangana Police killed four men accused of rape.




State ofPolicing in India Report 2019

Common Cause, CSDS,Lokniti, Tata Trust, Lal Family Foundation, November 13, 2019





Reportof Roundtable on Policing and Public Order

Commonwealth HumanRights Initiative (CHRI), New Delhi, June 10, 2006 





With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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