DMK MP A Raja on Thursday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting him to introduce the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017 within the forthcoming session of parliament after the alleged custodial demise of a person and his son in Tamil Nadu.
The draft of the invoice which seeks life in jail for public servants convicted of torture was ready by the Law Commission to implement the United Nations Convention in opposition to torture.
P Jeyaraj and his son Bennicks, arrested for allegedly violating lockdown norms over the enterprise hours of their cell phone store in Tuticorin district, died at a hospital on June 23, with the relations alleging that they have been severely thrashed on the Sathankulam Police Station by the cops.
The incident triggered a nationwide furore resulting in the suspension of 5 policemen together with an inspector and two sub-inspectors. The Superintendent of Police of Tuticorin was faraway from responsibility and positioned underneath “compulsory wait”.
Deploring the incident, the DMK MP within the letter stated the custodial demise has raised “eyebrows due to the sheer scale of torture and violence perpetrated by the Tamil Nadu Police”.
Underlining that custodial demise is without doubt one of the worst crimes in civilised society, Mr Raja requested Amit Shah to guarantee that the invoice is enacted in parliament within the forthcoming session.
“In these circumstances, on behalf of the DMK, it is prayed that the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017 may be processed judiciously and enacted in the parliament with additional provisions (if necessary) to address the issues emerged in the Santhankulam, incident in the forthcoming session itself or promulgate an ordinance through presidential route,” Mr Raja stated within the letter.
A Raja, a lawyer himself, stated the Supreme Court had additionally issued detailed tips to safeguard the rights of an arrestee in addition to to curb the unauthorised arrests or tortures by the cops.
Arrests must be made to safe the orchestration of regulation, however the safeguarding of human rights — be it of an harmless or an accused — is paramount, he added.