Police Atrocities

Though the Constitution of India exhaustively covers the internationally accepted norms on human rights, the question is how far the people are enjoying these  rights in actual practice? Studies conducted  by independent  researchers, non-governmental  organizations like Amnesty International and many judicial decisions reveal that state lawlessness and terror  are the great threats to the basic rights of the people. These materials further reveal that the most drastic attack on these rights come from the  State  controlled organized forces, the Police. Police Atrocity emerges to be the prime threat to human rights. World over, there has been an alarming increase in crimes against human dignity committed by police, especially in custody. Scientific methods of interrogation lies confined to police text books. Torture, is looked upon as the only method to extract a confession. In-fact, physical torture by police consist “of beating, of long grilling by days of interrogations under blinding lights, of locking the prisoner in a cell without food or water for long periods or placing him in a cell where mosquitoes breed on him.

Police atrocity is always a subject of discussion in the legal circle. Nobody can stop this cruel game of police. But what else a judiciary can do in a democracy. It can make some laws to the country and that has become the law of the land when ultimately pronounced by th state and central judicial heads. Since there is no specific statute on police atrocity, much judge-made law has crept on judicial concern. Infact, the Judiciary is much concerned over the recurrence of police atrocities and have expressed deep anxiety over the strategies to prevent police atrocity.

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