DMK MP A Raja on Thursday wrote a letter to Union Residence Minister Amit Shah requesting him to introduce the Prevention of Torture Invoice, 2017 within the forthcoming session of parliament after the alleged custodial dying 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 Legislation Fee to implement the United Nations Conference 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 family members alleging that they had 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 obligation and positioned beneath “obligatory wait”.
Deploring the incident, the DMK MP within the letter mentioned the custodial dying has raised “eyebrows as a result of sheer scale of torture and violence perpetrated by the Tamil Nadu Police”.
Underlining that custodial dying is likely 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’s prayed that the Prevention of Torture Invoice, 2017 could also be processed judiciously and enacted within the parliament with extra provisions (if obligatory) to deal with the problems emerged within the Santhankulam, incident within the forthcoming session itself or promulgate an ordinance via presidential route,” Mr Raja mentioned within the letter.
A Raja, a lawyer himself, mentioned the Supreme Courtroom had additionally issued detailed tips to safeguard the rights of an arrestee in addition to to curb the unauthorised arrests or tortures by the law enforcement officials.
Arrests ought to 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.