" If you once forfeit the confidence of our fellow citizens you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time ,but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln. Torture in police custody flouts the basic rights of the citizens recognized by the Indian constitution. Custodial violence , torture and abuse of police powers are very common things in this karmabhoomi (Holly Land) India. Though it is global Phenomena. The Universal Declaration of Human rights in 1948,which was marked the emergence of a world wide trend of protection and guarantee of certain basic human rights stipulated in Article 5 that " No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment of punishment. The crime continues unabated and assuming alarming proportions. It is merely an account of the devilish devices adopted by those at the helm of affairs who are the defenders of democracy and protectors of Peoples rights. Art 21 mandates that no person shall be deprived of his life and personal liberty except according to the procedure established by the cherished right. A right to live with human dignity. The dehumanizing torture ,assault and death in police custody which have assumed alarming proportions raise serious questions about the credibility of rule of law and administration of criminal justice system. The diabolic recurrence of police torture resulting in a terrible scare in the minds of common citizens, that there lives and liberty are under a new and unwarranted peril because guardians of law destroy the human rights by custodial violence and torture invariably resulting in loss of lot of human lives.
Rarely in cases of police torture or custodial death, direct ocular evidence of the complicity of protectors of people alone who can only explain the circumstances in which innocents were died in the custody. Bound as they are by the ties of brotherhood, torture in police custody which of late or on the increase, receive encouragement by this type of unrealistic approach at the times of courts as well as because it reinforces the beliefs in the minds of the police that no harm would come to them, if one prisoner died in the lockup because there would hardly be any evidenced available to the prosecution to directly implicate the police with the torture and custodial death. But it is one of the worst kind of crimes in a civilized society" Khaki The Terror -Police The terrible" consider themselves to be above the law and some times to even become law unto themselves. The courts must therefore deal with such cases in a realistic manner and with the sensitivity which they deserve, otherwise the common man may tend to gradually loose faith in the efficacy of the system of judiciary.