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Torture in India

Nov 25, 2011

Torture in India 2011, a report by Asian Centre for Human Rights recommends Indian government to enact an anti-torture law addressing torture and custodial deaths in the country.

Torture in India 2011

Published by: Asian Centre for Human Rights

Torture in India 2011 states that a total of 14,231 persons i.e. more than four persons per day died in police and judicial custody in India from 2001 to 2010. This includes 1,504 deaths in police custody and 12,727 deaths in judicial custody from 2001-2002 to 2009-2010 as per the cases submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).


A large majority of these deaths are a direct consequence of torture in custody. These deaths reflect only a fraction of the problem with torture and custodial deaths in India as not all the cases of deaths in police and prison custody are reported to the NHRC. Further, the NHRC does not have jurisdiction over the armed forces and the NHRC also does not record statistics of torture not resulting into death.

"India is yet to realize the cost of not having anti-torture law in compliance with UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) that led to rejection extradition of Kim Davy, the prime accused in the Purulia arms drop case by the Danish High Court in June 2011. Torture is non-derogable even in war and a crime against humanity is yet to be recognized by India.” – stated Asian Centre for Human Rights in its press release.

Due to the lack of financial resources, "Torture in India 2011" is only available online, thereby restricting our outreach to key target groups, not the least, India's Members of Parliament who had earlier raised specific questions in the parliament citing the report of the ACHR.

"Torture in India" series highlights national and international torture happening in India.

Source : ACHR
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