Ruled by the Congress Party,
National Capital Territory of Delhi witnessed serious human
rights violations in 2004. Delhi Police in 489 surprise
checks on its 127 police stations found the behaviour of
the policemen in 103 police stations “not up to the mark”.
About 130 policemen including one Assistant Commissioner
of Police, four inspectors, 12 Assistant Sub-Inspectors,
32 head constables and 60 constables were found involved
in criminal cases.
In all the custodial death
cases in 2003, the Delhi Police allegedly managed to bend
the law to protect their guilty colleagues. In 2004, the
situation remained the same. In the case of torture of one
Rajan Sharma on 19 March 2004 at Sunlight Colony police
post, no action was allegedly taken against the two constables
despite a written complaint to the Station House Officer
of the Srinivaspuri Police Station. The Delhi High Court in an order in May
2004 summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime),
Sub-Inspector Praveen Kumar and his immediate Assistant
Commissioner of Police for failing to initiate action against
Sub-Inspector Praveen Kumar. The Sub-Inspector had picked
up, detained and tortured Deepak Kumar, a teenager at Ambedkarnagar
police station and got the victim admitted to Batra Hospital
under a fictitious name to avoid any action.
Despite the presence of
the media, political leaders, National Human Rights Commission
and the diplomatic community, law enforcement personnel
ranging from Delhi Police to Railway Protection Force were
responsible for arbitrary arrest, detention and torture.
In August 2004, a 16-year-old street boy alleged that he
was forced to indulge in “oral sex” with another 12-year-old
as “punishment” by some policemen of New Friends Colony
A woman was reportedly raped
in Delhi every 24 hours in the first half of 2004. The law enforcement personnel were also
responsible for rape and other violence against women.
The Tihar Jail, effectively
country’s show-piece for prison reforms also witnessed serious
violations of the rights of the prisoners. An overcrowded
prison with 12,610 prisoners against the sanctioned capacity
of 5,050 prisoners, there were reports of torture, suicide
and custodial deaths.
NGO activists working on
the Right to Information Act faced attacks from the criminals
for exposing their misdeeds. The police often failed to
take effective measures to stop recurrence of such attacks.
. Boy who played cop before Charles
beaten up by police, The Asian Age, 24 March 2004
. Teenage torture case: HC blames police
for inaction, The Times of India, 22 May 2004
. Cop suspended for sodomy, The Hindustan
Times, 25 September 2004
. One woman is raped every 24 hours
in city’, The Asian Age, 3 July 2004
. Social activist beaten up for complaining
against criminals, The Tribune, 28 August 2004; Her throat
slashed but not silenced, The Indian Express, 31 December