Prison Conditions in India

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Human Rights Watch, 1991 - China - 38 pages

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Page 18 - Provided that, when any fact is deposed to as discovered in consequence of information received from a person accused of any offence, in the custody of a police officer, so much of such information, whether it amounts to a confession or not, as relates distinctly to the fact thereby discovered may be proved.
Page 34 - Operations and all census-officers shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of the Indian Penal Code.
Page 5 - To be tried in his presence, and to defend himself in person or through legal assistance of his own choosing; to be informed, if he does not have legal assistance, of this right; and to have legal assistance assigned to him, in any case where the interests of justice so require, and without payment by him in any such case if he does not have sufficient means to pay for it; e.
Page 21 - Among the principal tortures in yogue in police cases, we find the following: twisting a rope tightly round the entire arm or leg so as to impede circulation ; lifting up by the moustache ; suspending by the arms while tied behind the back ; searing with hot irons ; placing scratching insects, such as the carpenter beetle, on the navel, scrotum, and other sensitive parts ; dipping in wells and rivers, till the party is half suffocated; squeezing the testicles; beating with sticks; prevention of sleep...
Page 31 - A' if (1) they are nonhabitual prisoners of good character (2) they, by social status, education and habit of life, have been accustomed to a superior mode of...
Page 18 - Sect. 25 provides that no confession made to a police officer shall be proved against an accused.
Page 17 - ... law in force at the time of the commission of the offence. (2) No person shall be prosecuted and punished for the same offence more than once. (3) No person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be a witness against himself.
Page 22 - ... Delhi where he lived for a time, the writer once complained to him about the taxi drivers' habit of ignoring all traffic rules. Why didn't he order his policemen to enforce the rules? "How could I," he answered. "If one of them went up to a taxi driver, the driver might say: 'Get away, or I will tell people that you have asked me for ten rupees.
Page 24 - Two months after the disclosure of the Windings, journalists documented police brutalities in the city of Varanasi (formerly Benares), a holy place for Hindus to which pilgrims in their thousands go to wash away their sins in the Ganges. In the police stations here men were held down while booted policemen jumped repeatedly on their knees until the bones shattered. One man had a slab of stone dropped on bis knee.
Page 24 - With a policeman the reputation for expert brutality fetches more money than actual brutality, but of course the reputation has to have a solid foundation. Once a policeman acquires a reputation for expert third degree he makes enormous quantities of money in daily crime work by simply withholding his customary...

About the author (1991)

Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and distinguished visiting professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po. Previously he was executive director of Human Rights Watch and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. A contributor to many major publications, he is the author of "Taking Liberties and War Crimes," among other books.

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