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Chief Justice NV Ramana condemns police brutality

The highest legal authority in the country has spoken out against the human rights abuses perpetrated by the police force

Chief Justice NV Ramana condemns police brutality

The highest legal authority in the country has spoken out against the human rights abuses perpetrated by the police force

Chief Justice NV Ramana condemns police brutality

The highest legal authority in the country has spoken out against the human rights abuses perpetrated by the police force

Chief Justice NV Ramana condemns police brutality

The highest legal authority in the country has spoken out against the human rights abuses perpetrated by the police force

Over the last three years, 348 people died and 1189 were tortured in police custody in India. And this is almost certainly an underestimate.

In an unprecedented statement last week, Chief Justice NV Ramana attacked the crimes of the Indian police force.

He stated that people face the greatest threat to their human rights in the place where they should feel safest: the police station. “The threat to human rights and bodily integrity are the highest in police stations,” he said.

Chief Justice Ramana told the National Legal Services Authority in Delhi that the country must take action to prevent corruption among police officers, end police violence, and protect the civil rights of civilians in custody.

He stressed that the evidence showed that the poorest and most marginalised in society were at greatest risk of police abuse, but added that “even the privileged are not spared third-degree treatment”.

It is a state of affairs that has been allowed to continue for far too long.

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