CHRI seeks Talib's release

In a statement here a CHRI spokesman said, “Hussain, a key witness in the Kathua gang rape and murder case, was arrested on 2 August on an allegation of rape and brought to the police station.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Aug 11 2018 12:46AM | Updated Date: Aug 11 2018 12:46AM
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The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has strongly condemned the alleged custodial torture of Talib Hussain, a lawyer and social activist, at Samba police station in Jammu and sought his immediate release from custody.

In a statement here a CHRI spokesman said, “Hussain, a key witness in the Kathua gang rape and murder case, was arrested on 2 August on an allegation of rape and brought to the police station. Eyewitness accounts state that he was harassed and beaten in custody.” 

“Talib should be immediately removed from police custody and released on bail,” said Devika Prasad, Coordinator of the Police Reforms Programme at CHRI, pointing out that torture in custody is illegal. Police must be held accountable in such cases for they are the custodians of the health and security of persons in detention. The Supreme Court’s order to the J&K Police to respond to allegations of torture is an important step, considering the challenges in holding the police to account in cases of custodial violence.” 

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