Custodial Death and Judicial Response in India

Akash Khan AND Rajeshwari Singh
Amity University, Kolkata, India

Volume III, Issue III, 2020

Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its report, discharged on June 26, stated that an aggregate of 1,674 custodial deaths, which includes 1,530 deaths in judicial custody and 144 demises in police custody, took place between the period of 1 April 2017 to 28 February 2018. Which implies that on an average there were around 5 custodial deaths for every day during this time period.Prisoners have human rights and jail torment is the confession of the inability to do justice to living man. For a prisoner, all the basic fundamental rights are an enforceable reality, however limited by the fact of imprisonment. However it is simply stated, the demise of an individual in custody whether of the Police or Judicial will add up to Custodial Death.Undoubtedly, the police plays a crucial role in protecting our life, freedom and liberty. But the police must act appropriately, demonstrating fall regard to the human rights of the individuals, remembering that they are likewise underneath the law, not above it and can be held liable for the infringement of human rights. The charge of merciless custodial viciousness by the police regularly bringing about the demise of the arrestees is not new.


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