“In view of the aforesaid fact, after hearing the petitioner, without issuing notice of motion as it would unnecessary delay the matter, we dispose of this petition with a direction to the Director General of Police, Punjab to look into the matter in accordance with law,” the court observed on Tuesday.
The incident had come to light when Ravinder Singh Dhull, a Chandigarh based advocate came across a video clip which was uploaded on a website and later circulated on social media. Deeply moved by the brutal torture, Dhull had moved an application in the court on August 10.
“I was shocked to see the heart rending torture. The accused police cops, including Jhilmil Singh who is currently posted as SHO in Jalandhar, rather than sending the boys to a juvenile home were seen stripping, abusing, slapping and mercilessly beating the unidentified boys. This is a glaring example of how police violate human rights,” Ravinder Singh Dhull said.
The petitioner told Mail Today that the prime accused Jhilmil Singh is a habitual offender and was also booked for slapping a patient outside a hospital. Having earned a bad name for the custodial tortures, Punjab police has suspended Jhilmil Singh. However, the police is yet to identify other cops who were involved in the brutal torture of these unknown victims.
“We are waiting for the court orders,” Additional Commissioner of Police, Paramjeet Singh said.
Meanwhile the petitioner, Ravinder Singh Dhull plans to appeal for a law to look into custodial torture in the Supreme Court. He said that the Indian Government had signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on June 26, 1987 but failed to enact a law.
Non-existence of a law has resulted in a number of custodial torture deaths in the country. Nearly 12,000 custodial torture deaths were reported between 2007 and 2012 in the country.
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