Thursday, September 02, 2010

Vigilance against torture

Vigilance against torture

Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) of India welcomes the decisions of several political parties and their members in the upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) to bring an amendment motion for removing shortcomings in the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 by referring it to the Select Committee.

Immediately, after the lower house (Lok Sabha) passed the bill on May 6 this year in a hurried manner, PVCHR sent an open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, citing a comparative analysis done by PVCHR and Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims (RCTV), Copenhagen-Denmark showing what the present bill offers and what the UNCAT desires. The Indian bill not only falls short of the specifications of the UNCAT but also provides for the protection of perpetrators instead of victims.

The PVCHR has come across stories of torture suffered by some people including MPs. The bill in its present form would only undermine the common man's trust in the state.

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