See the report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights, Torture in India 2008: A State of Denial: www.achrweb.org. Michelle Farrell writes: 'The report is the first ever nationwide assessment of torture in India. The findings expose a culture of impunity where torture is a routine practice in police custody as well as by the armed forces and armed opposition groups. The report documents thousands of incidences of torture (7,468 custodial deaths between 2002 and 2007), many of which resulted in death.I ndia signed the United Nations Convention against Torture in 1997 but has not yet ratified. It is a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights but does not recognize the competency of the Committee to hear individual complaints. In addition, India has been refusing an invitation to the Special Rapporteur on Torture since 1993.The report recommends, among other things, that India should enact legislation to criminalize torture; compensate victims; and ratify the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol.
Thanks to Michelle Farrell.