Bill for prevention of torture introduced in Lok Sabha
A major legislation to provide up to 10 years of imprisonment to public servants responsible for torturing any person to elicit information or other purposes was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
New Delhi: A major legislation to provide up
to 10 years of imprisonment to public servants responsible
for torturing any person to elicit information or other
purposes was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
The Prevention of Torture Bill 2010, introduced by
Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran, is a
stand-alone legislation which defines `torture` and provides
for punishment to those involved.
India had signed the UN Convention against Torture, Cruel,
Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment in October 1997,
which required an enabling legislation to be adopted to
reflect the definition and punishment for torture.
Although some provisions relating to the matter existed in
the Indian Penal Code, these neither defined torture nor made
it a criminal offence, the Statement of Objects and Reasons of
the Bill said.
Hence, it was found necessary that the domestic laws were
brought in conformity with the Convention, thus necessitating
either amending the existing laws or bringing a new
After considerable deliberations on the issue, it was
decided to bring in a stand-alone legislation so that the UN
Convention could be ratified, it said.
The Bill provides that anyone convicted of torture for the
purpose of extorting information or a confession or on grounds
of race, religion, language, caste or community, would be
punishable with imprisonment of up to 10 years and fine.