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Custodial torture and deaths: Police reforms, need of the hour | Podumentary

By The Probe
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Nearly 75 years have passed since India became independent, but torture and inhuman treatment of people in police custody continue to be one of the biggest problems plaguing our law enforcement agencies. According to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau, 1888 custodial deaths were reported in India in the last 20 years. However, only 26 cops were convicted. Some statistics related to custodial torture by non-government organisations have glaring details. One such report claims that an average of five people die in custody in India daily. Why is torture used as an institutional tool to extract confessions, oppress people, and silence dissent? Hear this Podumentary out!


Devyani Srivastava, head, Police Reforms Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

Jyotika Kalra, former Member, National Human Rights Commission 

Maroof Ansari, advocate 

R Kaleem Ullah, social activist 

Vibhuti Narain Rai, former Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh

Zulfikar Nasir, survivor, Hashimpura massacre (1987)