The Centre on Wednesday denied experiences of a rise in custodial deaths within the nation.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha concerning experiences of accelerating custodial deaths, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai mentioned, “No such increasing trend has been noticed.”
He quoted the “Prison Statistics India 2019 report published by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), and said, the report mentions 1775 deaths in Prisons for the year 2019. “The knowledge is uploaded by the respective State/ Union Territories and NCRB has a restricted function of collating and publishing this knowledge,” he said.
The Minister noted that “Police”, “Public Order” and “Prisons” are state subjects in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India.
“It is for the respective State Governments to take steps to curb these deaths. The Ministry of Home Affairs and theNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) concern advisories on occasion to make sure the safety of human rights,” he said.
Further, Rai said that pursuant to the guidelines issued by the NHRC every death in custody, police or judicial, natural or otherwise, is to be reported to the Commission within 24 hours of its occurrence.
“If an enquiry by the Commission into custodial demise discloses negligence by a public servant, the Commission recommends to authorities of Central/State governments initiation of proceedings for prosecution in opposition to the erring public servant. Disciplinary motion in opposition to the erring public servant is to be taken by the respective state authorities as per extant guidelines, procedures, and so on,” added the Minister.
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