When the whole world joined hands together for George Floyd’s justice, a father-son duo was being tortured which horrified India. This saddening incident took place on June 19 when P Jayaraj (59) and his son (31) kept their mobile shop open beyond the permitted hours. They were picked up from there for questioning where allegedly they were beaten, scourged, and sodomized. According to the eye-witnesses, a metal object was inserted in their rectum.
After the news went viral, people from the state rage their anger. Actors joined in as well and condemned the act through social media. As a punishment, four policemen were suspended, and two sub-inspectors. But is suspension the right answer and justice for the family? Are there any laws to protect us from such heinous acts?
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There is a staggering increase in police brutality in India. According to the NCRB report between 2017 and 2018, India recorded a shocking 1,671 prisoners’ death in 2017 while they were in judicial custody. This report also shows that Uttar Pradesh leads the cases with 204 deaths recorded in the period between 1 January 2017 and 2 August 2017. Followed by Punjab 76 deaths and Bihar 64.
People tortured and arrested are usually for petty offenses, who don’t have political support and economically weak. Overwhelmingly, personal animosity, caste, and political influence are important considerations for police brutality and custodial deaths rather than any substantial reason. Indian constitution has enshrined fundamental rights to guarantee basic rights and liberty to protect us.
Section 176 Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973 protects us states the procedure to be followed when the person dies police custody. But it has its own loopholes which don’t help to protect a common man from police brutality. Justice isn’t served in such cases, and only compensation is given to the family in most of the cases because when you file a case against police brutality, the fair procedure isn’t followed as nobody wants to file a complaint against their colleagues.
This isn’t the first case of police brutality, such cases have happened before but, now, when the world is going through a pandemic and economic crisis when people are already distressed and arresting them for no substantial reason will lead to furore amongst people. Those who are supposed to protect us can’t kill us, people shouldn’t stop voicing their opinions until and unless this case is dealt squarely and Justice is served.