Amendment to anti-torture law to hinder HR protection, says ASK

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:07, Jan 10,2018 | Updated: 01:15, Jan 10,2018

 
 

Rights group Ain O Salish Kendra on Tuesday in a statement deplored the police proposal of bringing some changes to the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013.
In a statement, the rights group said it believed that the amendment to the law, which came after long civil movement, would hinder the protection of human rights to the people in custody.
It said despite the existing law against torture in custody, there were reported cases of custodial tortures and even custodial deaths.
Police officers are putting pressure on the government to make the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013 more flexible as the law enforcers found it stringent for them.
Rights campaigners appreciated the law, which was enacted after Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury placed the bill in parliament.
Rights campaigner Nur Khan Liton told New Age that people still fear to file complaint against perpetrators serving in the police.
‘If the law is amended, it will basically give the police or law enforcing agencies impunity to do whatever they wish,’ Nur warned.

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