Analysis of Police Custody Deaths in Maharashtra
In 1992 the Amnesty International (AI) published a report titled, “India:Torture, rape and deaths in custody”. This report became highly controversial with the media publishing conflicting views on the subject. We were particularly interested in looking at the causes of deaths in custody. Fortunately for us in 1991, a post-graduate student at a social work institution in Pune had completed a dissertation on the custody deaths in Maharashtra in 1980-89 period and we were kindly allowed to have a look at the data on medical aspects. We also compared these data with the claims made by AI in its report.
investigated and proper autopsy done, such causes are not only incomprehensible but create suspicion about the true cause of death. Since these data were not collected by us and were collected by a student who did not aim to analyse the deaths from a medical angle, they are insufficient for a systematic study. However,a proper independent medical audit of all deaths in police custody needs to be done on regular basis.
Supported by: Anusandhan Trust