Police brutality is one of the major concerns in almost every country of the world. In recent times we have witnessed cases where a person has suffered serious injuries or even lost their lives in police brutality. But if we see in a movie where an actor in the role of police does some violent act, we encourage it. Many believe that the work of the police is not only to maintain law and order but to punish the criminals as well.
In recent months the whole country has witnessed, a father and son died due to custodial death in the Sathakulam police station of Tamilnadu. P. Jeyaraj 62, who was the owner of a mobile shop was taken into custody because of not following rules of lockdown, his son, J. bennix followed the police team to the station. In the police station when he saw that his father was being harassed, he tried to stop the police official. Which provoked the police team, and they thrashed the father and son for hours. Due to this both the father as well as the son lost their lives. By this we can determine how dangerous and serious this brutality by the police can be. There are various techniques of brutality or torture that the police uses against the offenders. We have seen in many movies how the third degree by the police works. According to the director of NCAT torture techniques included hammering iron nails, applying roller on legs and burning, stretching legs apart in opposite directions and hitting in the sensitive and private parts, electric shocks, pouring petrol or applying chilli powder on private parts, pricking the body with the needles. Kicking the abdomen of a pregnant woman and many more brutal methods are used by police. Some of these tortures are just to investigate the matter and spill the truth from the offenders whereas many times it is just to satisfy their anger and to remove their frustrations. Whatever the reason may be, is it right for a law and order maintainer to use the third degree?
To prevent such incidents In India prevention of torture bill 2010 has been discussed many times but has not passed yet. Globally it begun in the year 1975 by UN convention against torture 1975. India is a member of U.N so if the law has to be applied in India, we have to make the law by parliament. So, a bill was presented for the first time in Lok Sabha in 2010 named prevention of torture bill 2010. In this bill if any public servant commits a torture then punishment has been prescribed against him. The bill explains the word torture and brutality in a very broad and simple way and says that if any public servant torture any individual for gaining any information or his confession and he hurts the individual brutally or torture him physically or mentally than all these things will be considered as torture and against this act, there is a punishment of 10 years if such act is being committed by any public servant. After being passed from Lok Sabha it comes to Rajya Sabha, after including many suggestions by Rajya Sabha select committee this bill has been presented many times in Rajya Sabha but till now it has not been passed by the Rajya Sabha. So as per now India does not have any particular laws against such brutality and with the above discussion we have seen how important it is to introduce such laws in the nation. We can’t afford to lose live in the hands of a public servant. The power to maintain law and order does not give the power to torture brutally or kill someone. It the judiciary that is made up to punish the criminals and it is not the police offers who take this in their hand. Proper law is must so that these torture may come to an end. And also there will be fear amongst the public servants before committing such act.
BY- ARVIND PANDA