Looks like death at the hand of cops is just not the problem of the West! Over the past years, similar cases have been reported in India as well.
Like other countries of the world, India is too practicing lock-down. Since the breakout of Covid-19, India’s state Tamil Nadu has been observing strict lock down. P Jeyaraj, 58 and his son Fenix 38, were arrested for breaking the lock down protocols. And after being kept in custody for 24 hours, they were reported death.
The Police Brutality
P Jeyaraj and Fenix were shop owners in Tamil Nadu. Like others, they were too bound to follow the lock down rules, but somehow were arrested when found out bending the rules.
The police quickly took both the men into custody. And after spending a night in the station, they were reported dead.
The relatives of the shop owners blame police of torture and murdering them. They have gathered outside the station for demonstration against the killing. And also ask for justice.
Upon the rage the rose soon after the news came out, the local court was forced to take action against those involved in the heinous crime. It is reported that the policemen who arrested both the individuals have been transferred to another place. The family has also been offered one million rupees as compensation.
Not the First Case of Its Kind
This is not just one case where people died in police custody, previously, over many occasions reports were filed against officers of arresting and torturing innocent men while they gave up on life.
But this time, this case has created uproar in the public. The people of India have come together to seek justice for the men and their family.
Social Media users in India were seen supporting the black community against the killings at the hands of white. But because this incident took place in a smaller city, not many people have twitted about it.
Still, famous names like Rahul Gandhi and Shikhar Dhawan did mention the incident in their tweets over the past week. Like others, they too demand justice for the deceased and their family.
According to a report released by a NGO, in 2019, around 1,731 people died in police custody. All of whom were tortured to death by inhumane police officers dressed as protectors of the population.
Although the Supreme Court of India released an order of complaining against policemen misusing authority and power back in 2006. But like other law and orders, this one too never came in effect.
Police brutality in increasing in India. If not taken action against it, the incidents will only increase in number. Thus, people should come closer and unite against the misuse of authority. Or else, next time it could be your husband, brother or father in the news!