A Delhi court has observed that custodial violence was a “serious issue” over which courts should have “zero tolerance”.
The court on Thursday pulled up jail authorities for hiding an incident, in which an undertrial Sanjay, facing trial in a dacoity case, was allegedly assaulted by prison staff. When Sanjay was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau, the court noticed that his left hand had a fracture, there were stitches on his left leg, swelling in both legs, bruises and scratches on his back.
“I may observe that custodial violence in any form is a serious issue and the courts are required to exhibit zero tolerance for the same being violation of human rights as well as the statutory rights of a person in custody,” the judge observed. The court ordered an inquiry into the incident.