Custodial Deaths- No More Saviors in the Nation

  • Garima Somani and Seerat Khera
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  • Garima Somani

    Student at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, School of Law, Dehradun, India

  • Seerat Khera

    student at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, School of Law, Dehradun, India

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“Torture is brutality to civil society”. An overview of the prevailing condition of one of the most devastated crimes i.e., custodial deaths is basically the purpose of the study which creates the controversy of trust on the police and their authority of powers on the people or the citizens who are in their custody. Custodial Death is the happening of an event of the death of an individual who has been detained by the police on being convicted or someone who is undergoing a trial. Custodial deaths are known to be the cold-blooded play of power and class which is to be discussed in detail. They are influenced by power politics, caste and religion-based discrimination. It has become common to hear about the deaths of people in custody due to physical torture by police. Most of the times the act of physical torture by police has arisen a question on the extent of their authority and powers. It has become a humanitarian issue which shows that the existing laws for prosecution are not being into effect with transparency. As the design of the paper also focusses on the aim that law alone will not eliminate the crime which is leading to death. The act of such brutality has made the meaning of word ‘custody’ very ironic as it means ‘protective care or guardianship of a person who is in the custody’. Hence, the remedial measures should be the significant factor in the light of prevention of such crimes and deaths as this is one of the highlighted factors in the National Human Rights Commission’s list.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 4, Page 321 - 330


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