Nearly 7,500 people have died in official custody in India over the past five years, according to a report by a human rights group. This report by Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights says many of these people were tortured in custody. But the government routinely attributes deaths in custody to illness, attempted escape, suicide and accidents.
Suhas Chakma, director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights, says prosecuting responsible officials takes a long time in India, and leads to a culture of impunity. “It takes about 25-30 years to prosecute somebody. And by that time many of the accused are dead, or possibly the relatives that have filed a complaint are dead," he said, adding, "So there is a culture of impunity which is given by the government of India, and I think this is the single most important factor which is encouraging torture."
Interesting notes and facts:
- In India, the attitude towards criminals remains the same as it was during the British rule.
- At the end of every five years, recruitment into the police force takes place. Interestingly, 30 per cent of the recruited population has a criminal background.
People expect the police to be more humane and do an honorable job while tackling criminals, while in reality, this cannot be expected, because they themselves are exploited with long working hours and constrained time for relaxation. The working hours of the police force should be revised as per the UN standards. In India, the police should totally be removed from the Government control.