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INDIA MUST WAKE UP TO THE DIRE NEED FOR POLICE REFORMS

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    9th Jul, 2020

Given the current situation in India and most importantly with the newest episode of sensational brutality, it is more than time that India, woke up to the crying need for ‘police reform’ in our country.

Context

Given the current situation in India and most importantly with the newest episode of sensational brutality, it is more than time that India, woke up to the crying need for ‘police reform’ in our country.

Background

  • The deaths of Jayaraj and Bennix in Sathankulam town near Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu triggered massive outrage across the country and renewed a debate about police brutality.
  • On June 19, the Thoothukudi Police took Jayaraj and his son Bennix into custody for interrogation as they had kept their mobile accessories shop open during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
  • A case was filed against them for not following the curfew under lockdown. They were later sent to the Kovilpatti sub-jail.
  • Relatives of the two victims accused the police of assaulting them in custody.
  • On June 22, Bennix complained of breathing problems and was admitted to a local government-run hospital. He later died at the facility. Jayaraj, who had also been admitted due to an illness, died the next day.

    Custodial deaths

    • Between April 2017 and February 2018, India recorded a staggering 1,674 custodial deaths, a rate of five custodial deaths per day, according to statistics placed by the Home Ministry before the Rajya Sabha.
    • Uttar Pradesh topped the list, with 374 deaths reported in this period of under a year.



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