Custodial deaths never end in India. The lack of action against the criminals in khakhi is to be blamed for the recurrence of such incidents. The very men who are supposed to uphold the laws are routinely found misusing their powers and do not respect the laws of the country. Custodial violence including torture and death in police lock-ups strike a blow at the rule of law, which demands that the powers of the executive should not only be derived from law but also that the same should be limited by law. It is therefore, for the government and the legislature to give a serious thought to their commendation of the Law Commission and National Human Rights Commission and bring about appropriate changes in the law, both to curb custodial crimes and also to ensure that the guilty are punished.
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