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INDIA: Government discriminating against tribals affected by cyclone Hudhud


Hunger Alert Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information about systemic discrimination against tribals and other marginalised communities affected by cyclone Hudhud. The discrimination, also witnessed in relief work in the wake of other recent disasters in India, includes tribals not being disbursed relief material earmarked for them, and the losses suffered not being assessed. Such discrimination following natural disasters has only furthered the impoverishment suffered by tribal groups in India since independence. Read More...

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Torture is practiced as a routine and accepted as a means for investigation. Most police officers and other law enforcement officers consider torture as an essential investigative tool, rather than an unscientific and crude method of investigation. Policy makers and bureaucrats believe that there is nothing wrong in punishing a criminal in custody, not realising the fact that a person under investigation is only an accused, not a convict and further, that even a convict cannot be tortured. This is due to the lack of awareness about the crime, its nature and about its seriousness. Torture is practiced by the all sections of the law enforcement agencies, the paramilitary and military units. Torture, as a form of violence is used for social control.

India has not ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, but has signed the Convention on 14 October 1997. A draft Bill against torture is in consideration by the government.

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