Custodial deaths are a consequence of institutionalised brutality (A Black Ledger, Jan 30). As per law, once a person accused of an offence is arrested, it is mandatory for the police to produce him before a magistrate within 24 hours which, of course, never happens. Later, after the victim ‘confesses’ to the crime, he or she is paraded before the cameras. And the media, with its lynchmob-mindset, broadcasts the police version as breaking news. You can be sure thereafter there’s no follow-up.
G. Ambler, on e-mail
Is it true that custodial deaths are actually the least in ‘right-wing’ ruled states? Why, is it because the media is extra-vigilant there?
The DEHUMANISING of males by the media is at the heart of the hatred against anything to do with males.
One incident in memory was the day light killing of THREE males who were accused of throwing acid on the face of a female. NO sympathy at all from the public since they were males, that too accused of a crime against the higher sex
It would be interesting to find out how many custodial deaths were propted by feminist / female pressure.
Agree! odd it may sound, not only the victims, even police were men.
7, Jackass, MALES are the common denominator here. It is their lack of political and social support that is glaring here. Why ignore the obvious?
Gonzo ! The picture shows the widow of an accused of terrorism and the written story starts with an isolated incident of death of a man in West Bengal, coincidentaly both are Muslims. The apparent idea is show the facets of Indian police brutality.
Tamirul Haq is like any unfortunate person like Natwar Patel, who might have been allegedly killed by Policemen. The policemen accused in the death of Tamirul Haqinclude a Muslim policeman. It is simply police brutality.
Faiz Usmani died of heart attack in a terrorism case where 26 people were killed. This terrorist attack was not the first in India. It is one in the long list of terrorist attacks in the name of Islam since 1993 which would need a tome to describe.
If there is any endeavor, even subtle, to show some prejudice against a particular community, it is fraught with serious repercussions. Muslims are looked with suspicion all around the world and they have themselves to blame. Osama Bin Laden might not have been a good human being for majority of people but he was a pious Muslim for a majority of Muslims. If there is a high percentage of Muslims in deaths in police custody, it would certainly be lower than their percentage in perpetrating the terrorist acts across Indian cities.
The torture of MALES in a so-called 'free democracy' continuing in spite of large scale extermination of male po;ice is baffling. The judiciary is complicit in this shameful act, and so is the media - for reporting biased ( feminist / police / judicial ) versions of the truth.
Custodial deaths are consequence of institutionalized brutality, beating, torture and humiliations in Police force meted out to person under Police custody. As per the law once Police arrest a person, accused of an offence, it is mandatory for Police to produce him before Magistrate within 24 hours. Magistrate after going through the prima facie of case can send person to Jail or grant bail or give few days Police remand. But in reality Police adopts a different practice across the country.
Usually it keeps a person under arrest for many days or weeks illegally without registering his arrest in records. It is done to ‘extract’ details of alleged offence or ‘confess’ the crime.
Virtually in every Police station one or more hidden Lock-ups exists where Police keeps illegal detainees. These are third degree torture chambers where Policemen mercilessly beat and torture detainees. Apart from beating from wood or metal stick if need arises Police transmit electric shock to accused, hang them opposite from ceiling, pour chilly powder into body or even urinate upon them just to humiliate. Most persons under these circumstances easily ‘confess’ their crime such as theft, robbery and even murder just to escape these atrocities. Many can not bear this cruelty and die in custody.
Next day those who ‘confess’ their ‘crime’ paraded before the Cameras where media with its lynch-mob-mindset broadcast the Police version in its breaking news headlines to its viewers. Media thereafter hardly follow the case to know how many of them get bail or finally acquitted in the court of law.
An accused person’s confession before Police is recorded under section of 161 CrPC. That’s why statements made by accused under section 161 CrPC are not acceptable before the court of law because of prevalent Police cruelty upon accused.
In many cases where personal rivalry, conflict or vendetta involves, opposite party or complainant pay bribe to Police just to teach a ‘lesson’ to accused. If accused person is poor then he is gone for toss. But if accused is able to plead money to Police he can escape with little or no beating. Usually Police extract money from both parties.
Until large scale Police reforms are not implemented in system many accused will continue to suffer and eventually die in custody.
MrAhmad Your bias showsup. The article is about incident that happened in West Bengal..Also please check teh stats you will find that Custodial deaths are least in Right wing ruled states.Its simply coz media highlights even a single minority custodial deaths in states ruled by BJP.
This is cruelity continues in India which was a gift to India by our past barbarian rulers British.While they keep their house in order they want filth everywhere and we have only lapped without any hesitation.In BJP ruled state this is used to against Muslims rampantly.In India life is cheap and nobody cares till it happens to them or to their families.
'So what if some more MALES are killed' ( or totured pr planted evidence or 'under trail' prison for that matter ) is the attitude of the general media.
Thanks, Outlook, for caring!
Custodial deaths remain a blot on our police forces. Beating up and rough handling detainees as soon as they are brought to the police station is not uncommon. The punishment should start with high level police officers under whose jurisdiction such malfeasance occurs. Medical officers who try to conceal physical injuries in their reports must also be brought to book.
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