Threat to human rights highest in police stations: CJI

Going by the recent reports even the privileged are not spared third-degree treatment,” the CJI said

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Expressing serious concern over custodial torture and human rights violations by the police, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Sunday asked the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to undertake “nationwide sensitisation” of police officials.

“The threat to human rights and bodily integrity are the highest in police stations. Custodial torture and other police atrocities are problems which still prevail in our society… Going by the recent reports even the privileged are not spared third-degree treatment,” the CJI said while releasing NALSA’s vision and mission statement along with its mobile app.

The mobile app is expected to help the poor and needy people in applying for legal aid and seeking victim compensation. “To keep police excesses in check dissemination of information about the constitutional right to legal aid and availability of free legal aid services is necessary. The installation of display boards and outdoor hoardings in every police station/prison is a step in this direction. However, NALSA must also actively carry out nationwide sensitisation of police officials,” he suggested.

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