12 May, 2021

Kangaroo Court In MP

If the videos are true, the killings amount to brutal murder

Illustration by Saahil
Kangaroo Court In MP

Fake encounters are cold-blooded, brutal murders by people who are supposed to uphold the law. It’s a criminal philosophy that drives fake encounters and all policemen should know that, Justice Markandey Katju said in the noted Prakash Kadam case, and added that “where a fake encounter was proved against a person in trial, they must be given death sentence, treating it as the rarest of rare cases.”

Despite that dire sword suspended over police, 160 people died in court-authorised police custody between 2011 and 2015. During the same period, another 373 died in unauthorised police custody. For all these deaths, not one policeman has been convicted.

By law, it should not matter whether a victim is an ordinary person, a militant or a terrorist. Nor does it matter if the aggressor is an ordinary person or the State itself. The law is the same for both, and is equally applicable to both. This is the requirement of a democracy--so said the Supreme Court in July 2016, in the case of Extra-judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM) versus...

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