INDIA: Mere legislation against custodial torture will not end the practice

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Government of India has once again started discussing about coming up with a national legislation to criminalise the practice of custodial torture and ill treatment. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes this move. However, the ALRC is concerned that despite the repeated assurances, nothing much has happened to table the new law in the parliament. In fact, the Union Government is not even engaged in open discussions with the civil society about the new law.

INDIA: Urge authorities to take concrete steps to arrest farmer suicides

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) draws the attention of the Human Rights Council to the continuing problem of farmer suicides in India. The suicides have seen a spike despite authorities’ claims of measures from loan waivers to compensation for crop failures.

INDIA: To contain torture and ill-treatment the country should undertake criminal justice reforms

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre “The persons who commit such crimes must be hung upside down in front of the victims and must be thrashed till their skin comes off. Salt and chilly must be rubbed on their wounds to make them suffer till they beg for their lives…”

INDIA: Gates of Justice Being Closed for the People of Narmada Valley

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) draws the attention of the Human Rights Council to the imminent decision of Government of India to close the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River. The decision of constructing the dam to its full height of 139 meters has violated various orders of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award, state rehabilitation policies, as well as Supreme Court judgments delivered in 1991, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2011. The Supreme Court has repeatedly disallowed construction of the dam before complete rehabilitation of the project affected people, who are spread over three states in western India, i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The […]

INDIA: Extrajudicial execution to subdue indigenous communities must end

The Indian state of Odisha is home to a large section of India’s indigenous people. Most of them are poor and their lives depend on forests they call home. They are the original inhabitants of the land. Unfortunately, this peace-loving people are today forcefully dispossessed from their lands, illegally and arbitrarily arrested, and face death at the hands of the state agencies. The Indian state of Odisha is blessed with natural wealth. Of this includes an estimated 30% of the land covered by some form of forest and the state accounting for 83, 92, 55, 38 and 26 per cent of chromite, nickel, bauxite, iron ore and coal resources of […]

INDIA: A country afraid to prevent custodial torture

Six years have passed since the lower house of the Indian Parliament passed the Prevention of Torture Act, 2010. The upper house of the Parliament, which reviewed the law after a broad consultation, recommended thorough revision of the law. Since then, the government has shelved the law and nothing has been heard about it since. Prohibition of torture is not the policy of the Indian State. The Prevention of Torture Act, 2010, is a riveting example of this. The law fails to meet standards, in adequately defining torture and in prescribing appropriate process of investigation of complaints of torture, rendering the law useless, even if it is passed. Policy makers […]

INDIA: Woeful implementation of welfare schemes responsible for high malnutrition among children

“Among children under age six years in areas covered by an anganwadicentre, one in four (26 percent) received supplementary food from an AWC, one in five received an immunization from an AWC, and one in six went to an AWC for a health check-up in the 12 months preceding the survey.”

INDIA: Government must put an end to outlawed Manual Scavenging now

Ask the Government of India to not utilize the Supreme court granted exception of entering manholes in special cases with prior written orders from the Chief Executive Officer of the concerned civic body(with full protective gears). Instead, adoption of scientific technology to clean sewers must be introduced by the Government of India.