telegraphindia.com 15 Sep, 2021 01:15 am

Meghalaya: A case for police reform

Meghalaya: A case for police reform
One hopes that state police and civil society will learn crucial lessons from the recent Meghalaya encounter case and strive to attain actionable accountability

Following allegations of human rights abuse, a judicial inquiry was constituted alongside an independent inquiry by the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission.The unfortunate incident sparked a conversation on law-enforcement personnel’s commitment to human rights.The threat was recently voiced by the Chief Justice of India, who said that human rights are at the highest risk when the accused are in police custody.Advertisement The recent incident in Shillong leads us to examine some legal and ethical imperatives of police reform and modernization from a human rights perspective.

The need for police reform has been discussed by the judiciary, human rights bodies, academics, and non-governmental organizations.The first paragraph of the Act considers the “respect for and promotion of the human rights of the people and protection of their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights”.

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