BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
A TOTALof 1,654 people died in custody from 2010 until February this year, the home minister told Parliament. Statistically, about 19 deaths every month. This is astounding. One would have thought lock-ups would be just about the safest place to be – what with round-the-clock security by trained officers and support staff.
The minister’s deputy pinned the cause to the poor health of the prisoners; and their failure, often, to reveal their true health conditions. But lock-up rules provide for a person to be medically checked and certified before being locked up. And surely, follow-up medical treatment for sick prisoners is an elementary and mandatory procedure.
Significantly, inquiries by several bodies paint a different picture. Read more