20 October, 2020

Opinion | India Must Adopt Zero-tolerance Policy For Torture And Death In Police Custody

Police must focus more on its training to ensure improvement in methods of interrogation and behaviour with regular sensitisation programmes for the field officers.

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Opinion | India Must Adopt Zero-tolerance Policy For Torture And Death In Police Custody

Amidst growing Indo-China tensions following a recent face-off in the Galwan valley, news from Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) district of Tamil Nadu about the death of father-son duo, Jeyaraj and Bennicks, during medical treatment in jail custody, shook the nation’s trust in its police system. The duo was arrested on June 19 by Sathankulam police on charges of refusing to close down their mobile phone shop during the lockdown. After medical examination by the duty doctor, they were remanded to judicial custody on June 20. Two days later, based on a complaint, Bennicks was admitted to a government hospital where he expired the same night. Jayaram, admitted to the same hospital on June 23, expired the same evening during treatment. The allegation is that both were subjected to third-degree methods by the police during custody, following which the father-son duo succumbed. Four policemen have been suspended. Sensing public rage, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court took suo motu cognizance of the unfortunate incident and ordered a judicial inquiry on June 26. The state...



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