Human rights are the basic rights of every individual against the state or any other public authority as a member of the human family irrespective of any other consideration. Thus every individual of the society has the inherent right to be treated with dignity in all situations including arrest and keeping in custody by the police. In spite of various international and national legal standards for the protection of rights of persons in police custody, human rights violations in police custody are endemic in India and are tarnishing the image of India abroad.
Though the academic world and judiciary have become conscious of the need of a study of the causes of human rights violations in police custody, its importation into the realm of Human Rights, on any systematic scale, is not yet attempted. In the field of Human Rights, a deep study of the causes of human rights violations in police custody from the legal standpoint has so far received little attention.
This book is intended to investigate the causes of human rights violations in police custody and abuse of their authority by using third degree and inhuman methods on persons in their custody. Further it concentrates on the ways by which the police personnel can be made duty-bound and thereby make them withdraw themselves from committing custodial torture and make them aware of the need for protecting the human rights values.