This article is written by – Khushi Chamaria, GIBS, IP University
Section 2 of the Protection of Human Rights Act,1993, “human rights” means the rights relating to life, liberty, equality, and of the individual guaranteed under the Constitution.
Adding to it, Section 325 of the Indian Penal Code,1963 reads that whoever except in the case by section 335, voluntarily causes hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment of one year or fine or both. Also, The Indian Penal Code, 1860 reads many sections related to offenses affecting life/bodily harm.
Recently, Chief Justice CJ Ramana said that “The threat to human rights and bodily integrity is the highest in police stations. The torture and police atrocities to the prisoners are problems that still prevail in our society”.
There is a need for the Judiciary to take a step against this torture and police supremacy over the prisoners and to raise the citizen’s faith, trust and feel them assured towards the Judicial System of the Country.
Everyone should be treated equally before the eyes of the law. Judiciary should make a free and fair decision to make an equal society.
To conclude, the Judiciary should bridge the gap of accessibility of justice between highly privileged and common citizens. Justice should prevail else citizens will stop believing in the system of rule of law and equality before the law.