While I was sitting and surfing through Instagram, I saw a post about Daunte Wright. But something that infuriated me was what about thousands of such cases that go unnoticed in our country? Why is there silence in India against police brutality?
Is India Police Brutality Free? If Not, Why We Don’t Talk About It?
Daunte Wright Innocent Killing Rages Protests In The US. Is Our Country Police Brutality Free?
Protests have been broken out in the suburbs of Brooklyn Center, nearby where George Floyd was killed last year after the police shot a 20, Black man. The boy died shortly after the incident.
If we surrender the racism that’s elevating in worldwide, the case speaks more about the incessant powers misused by the police disguised in several forms.
The current protests ragging against police brutality of Daunte Wright are speaking out against years of domination and ill-treatment by the authoritative people.
Police brutality, however, is not unique and limited to the USA only. Sorry to say but our country is not ridden of the same horrendous cases of criminals and innocents killed because of police brutality. It just does not get the same public attention and media coverage as needed. An increase in Indian extrajudicial killings is the point of focus.
With every year the score of police brutality increasing, India has witnessed many cases of torture and extrajudicial killings. Extrajudicial killings have been accepted and damned as a global issue. Many of the innocent killings have been covered in the Indian news media, and some have set off a few strikes and demonstrations. Even when the law does not permit the same, they have rarely provoked pervasive protests.
Around the world, the death of George Floyd, and now Daunte Wright in Minneapolis unleashed intense examinations of police abuse, racism and injustice in the USA — but not in India. In our country there were no large public movements has been seen to take on police brutality. Many Indians fear to speak and stand against the police, even when there is voluminous evidence that police have abused their power.
According to the National Campaign against Torture (NCAT), an Indian rights group, at least 1,731and above people was killed in custody last year. There are many numbers that go unreported, or some cases were depicted as suicide or deaths from extreme medical conditions by the police authorities. For stance in 2015, according to the (NCRB) National Crime Records Bureau, out of 97 custodial deaths across the country, 53 were ascribed as suicide, prior illnesses and natural reasons which were undoubtedly extreme police brutality cases of the deaths from torture.
The cases followed Police brutality
The case of Jayaraj and Bennix in Tamil Nadu that brought national protest is just one example of huge police brutality protest counted in India. A father and son were drawn into a police station of Sathankulam after an argument with officers. When friends and family members went to the station, they stated that extreme screams were heard from inside.
The next afternoon, Ponraj Jayaraj, 58, and Bennix Jayaraj, 31, were stumbled outside the police station surrounded by officers, blood dripping from their legs. They had clearly been tortured in police custody to a high degree, family members and lawyers in the town said.
They both died in hours due to severe internal injuries. Police officials in charge of the station declined to comment saying that the case has now under federal investigation.
Indian Criminal Procedure Cod’s Section 49 specifically states that only ‘necessary restraint’ to prevent escape can be used. At face value, it seems that there is a distressing contrast between the gruesome actions of law enforcement officials and law. Yet, investigating deeper into the analysis of the statutory wording, the shocking vagueness of the word ‘necessary’ implies that police officers have digression to decide what is deemed ‘necessary’ or not; surely this can easily give rise to gross human rights violations as seen in the case of Jayaraj and Bennix?
Is it even acceptable to use force against civilians at all? Lawyers waiting outside the station were refused entry, despite hearing the cries of the two men for three hours. Eyewitnesses who managed to peek inside said they saw one of them lying naked on the floor surrounded by a pool of blood. The simple fact that the police volunteers themselves were helpless, who you would otherwise assume to be on alert and wanting to take action, demonstrates the worrying amount of power police officers clearly have – poor civilians are powerless and unprotected behind police station doors.
And when we speak about crime, apologies be it any crime, Uttar Pradesh has been the trounce to be restricted.
Uttar Pradesh is a notorious state known for various suspicious police killings and cruelties. There were 74 cases found when investigated since March 2019. In every case, the officers were cleared.
Police cruelty comes in many forms in the country. Some suspects are beaten to death in police stations, some are killed in judicial custody, and some are shot dead in overcrowded jails.
UP government is continuing to increase the number of extrajudicial killings. The recent killing of a gangster Vikas Dubey on road in a police encounter. The police forces have assumed justice by acting as judge, jury and executioner. And if that’s not enough, the killing was celebrated as victorious win for the state and its head Ajay Mohan Bisht aka Yogi Adityanath.
Last year, the police in Hyderabad gunned down four men in an encounter. The suspects were accused of rape and murder. During the re-enactment of the crime, the police stated, the suspects tried to snatch their guns. Few people actually believed that incident was not as situated, according to numerous interviews with Hyderabad residents at the time. But still, the officers were feted as heroes and showered with rose petals.
What can be done?
State intervention should be reduced to curb extrajudicial killings. This change would require coming together of the communities who have suffered from police brutality. Rally around the cause, raise your voice against such injustices, step up the pressure and demand action to be taken against abusive police officers.
Above all, the police in India should respect and follow the law. To minimize such extrajudicial encounters strong oversight through a robust infrastructure of independent media and non-governmental organizations are required.
And if they say your one post is not going to change anything, publish that one post and raise up against police brutality.