A surge was reported in the quantity of deaths in judicial custody in the 12 months 2020 regardless of the Covid-19 induced pandemic with 1,840 deaths.
According to information shared by the ministry of dwelling affairs in the Lok Sabha, a complete of 5,221 deaths in judicial custody occurred in the last three years and 348 deaths in police custody.
A spike in custodial deaths was reported in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal in the 12 months 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, the information mentioned.
In a written reply in Lok Sabha throughout the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, minister of state for dwelling affairs, Nityanand Rai, mentioned that Uttar Pradesh reported 1,308 deaths, adopted by Madhya Pradesh which has the second-largest quantity with 475 deaths.
West Bengal was on quantity three with 407 deaths.
The minister was responding to a query on the mechanism to make sure the accountability of demise in police and judicial custody in the last three years.
He additionally cited the tips of the National Human Rights Commission that each demise in custody (police or judicial, pure or in any other case) have to be reported to it inside 24 hours.
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Deaths in judicial and police custody have been below fixed scrutiny in India by regulation specialists and human rights activists and a number of other examples of it have highlighted the want for stricter reforms.
In February, the Supreme Court had said that deaths on account of custodial violence are abhorrent and never acceptable in a civilised society.
“The custodial violence on the deceased which led to the death is abhorrent and not acceptable in the civilised society. The offence committed by the accused is a crime not against the deceased alone but was against humanity and clear violations of rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution,” the high courtroom had mentioned.