Detentions of Uttar Pradesh turning into a slaughterhouse!
Shocking figures of custodial death released in Parliament
July 27, 2022: The Uttar Pradesh unit of the human rights organization National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO) has expressed deep anguish over the figures of custodial deaths presented by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, in Parliament yesterday. In response to a question, the Minister of State for Home has said that in the year 2020-21, 1940 people across the country and in the year 2021-22, 2544 people died in custody. Of these, 451 people died in custody in Uttar Pradesh alone in the year 2020-21 and in the year 2021-22. The figure of people being denied their right to life under the supervision of government security apparatus has increased by more than 31% in one year across the country. This present day India which is celebrating its 75th year of independence, which has been named as Amrit Mahotsav, is a testimony to the continuing ruthless fascist state. The share of Uttar Pradesh in these figures is very worrying. It is also a testimony to the imposition of the culture of “shooting” by crude Chief Minister under the disguise of a Nathpanthi Yogi.
Article 21 of the Constitution of our country declares the life and personal liberty of every person as a fundamental right. It is the duty of the state to ensure the lives of individuals in a dignified manner and protect the personal liberty of every person. But the right to life of 952 people has been snatched away in two years in the custody of the system handling the security of Uttar Pradesh. This is the figure which is formally recorded but we all know that every effort is made by the police, security personnel and government representatives to prevent such deaths from coming on record.
The NCHRO has already been concerned about the increasing incidents of non-judicial persecution and murder on the grounds of religion, caste and other factors in India especially in Uttar Pradesh. For this, it has been emphasizing on the need to establish human dignity and the right of the individual to live with dignity in the society. But this huge increase in the deaths in police and judicial custody of the state whose duty it is to stop non-judicial killings and atrocities, has put a deep blot on our civilized society and being a constitutional democratic society. In these custodial deaths, religious minorities, especially Muslims, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribes, and persons belonging to the economically weaker sections are in abundance, whose safety and development and protection of human dignity is the constitutional and natural obligation of the state. All sensitive people and human rights organizations/individuals should take active action against the state turning into a barbaric “slaughterhouse” instead of becoming a democratic society. This situation is taking our state country towards barbarism. We have to make a united effort in building a democratic pro-people society or else the question mark arising on our becoming a civilized society will get worse.