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    Police rights heavily curtailed by the court

    In a far reaching decision the Supreme Court of India has ordered that all the police stations across the country should have CCTV cameras installed forthwith so that recordings of custodial tortures can be captured and kept as record for at least one year. This is far reaching decision because often it is complained by the accused that the police almost extract the confession through third degree methods and many have even lost their lives in lock up or made more worst in their lives for future with complications through police tortures.
  • #716626
    News of police brutality against accused is common. I welcome Supreme Court for taking this decision. It may curb police from third degree against the arrested people. But I'm still sure that police will take some other ways to beat the accused.
    How many custodial death have been occurred, how many of police personnel were terminated from their job and imprisoned by the court? Hardly a few of them are punished. Generally, police brutality is defended by upper authorities and politicians. If the matter is highlighted by media then maximum is taken that they are suspended. And after it people are unaware of the final decision about perpetrators whether they were sentenced punishment or given clean chit.

  • #716627
    That is the right decision. This order by the Supreme Court should be welcomed by people. Custodial torture has been a norm in certain areas and their prevention is must to avoid injustices to prisoners.

    Such a ruling will give little" relief" to the prisoners and watch on the operations in jails would force the authorities to behave humanly to them. Tortures are rampantly at some places and families are devastated when their loved ones reach in coffins due to torture.

    So, a welcome step and must be encouraged!

  • #716628
    Is the Court order actually curtailing the rights of the police force? Does the police have the right to torture or to use third-degree methods to extract information from a suspect or even an accused person? I don't think so.

    The Supreme Court has actually ensured the rights of an accused. While welcoming the order, I personally feel that there does arise certain circumstances where the police may need to use force to make an accused accept a crime but at the same time, the Court order will ensure that such force is reasonable and does not violate the rights of a person as a human being.

    All said and done, experience tells us that just as the criminals are adept in committing crimes without leaving any evidence, the police force also has proved time and again that they are adept in deviating from the instructions or orders by the Judiciary in such a way that the blame does not fall on them. So, we will have to wait and see as to how effective will the present order be.

    'The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step'.
    Lao Tzu

  • #716632
    Whether police will change their ways or devise new ways to deal with the criminals that only coming times will tell but one thing is there that at least this direction of court will help in fixing the CCTV in police stations as it is a public office and CCTV footage will help sometimes to find some irregularities or other wanted things if done by anyone including the policemen in the police station. So, this is definitely a good direction by the honourable court and is a benchmark decision as it will lead to CCTV installation in other sensitive public places also. There are many such places where there is scope of irregularities like land registration office, some of the state Govt offices where contractors line up throughout the days for their tenders etc, some Govt hospital etc and it would be good if CCTV is installed there also.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #716633
    The Supreme Court had in 2018 directed to install CCTV cameras in every police station of the country to deal with the growing custody torture case and to prevent human rights violations in the police stations, but the order could not be implemented. Again the Supreme Court has directed to installation of CCTV cameras in police stations across the country. The Supreme Court said that this is being done to protect the right to life and personal liberty given under Article 21 of the Constitution. The Supreme Court said that through this the fundamental right of citizens will be protected.
    Swati Sharma

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