Police, mandated to guard the rights of people, themselves stand accused of violating them. The SHRC receives a steady stream of complaints against the police.
Law keepers violating the rights of people have seen a dramatic increase this year as the Human Rights Commission reveals. Of the 2,500 cases pending with the commission, a sizeable chunk involves police or governmental agencies.
Officials point out that citizens knock at the commission’s door only as a last resort. It is also indicative of the unresponsiveness of the law and justice system. A 300 per cent rise in cases concerning the police in 2012 is a matter of concern, they say. Up to October 19 this year the HRC received 26 cases exclusively involving police torture and harassment as against only eight cases in 2011.
Till October this year, 9,980 cases in all have been filed, of which a little over 25 per cent remain to be disposed.Illegal detention and third-degree methods are common complaints. Often, says the commission, the police do not record detention which directly violates the rights of citizens.
Surprisingly, Scheduled Caste and Tribe atrocities cases have however, come down drastically. As against 130 last year, the number this year as of date is 67. In SC/ST cases, a considerable number involved dowry cases under Section 498 and Section 498A.
SP Ismail, secretary, Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission said, “Social revolution of rights awareness is essential to make a positive change in the scenario.”He said bringing erring police officials to book is another way to bring down complaints.