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Torture in cop custody should be criminalised

Bangladesh on 27 June 2013
Location : Bangladesh | Source : The Daily Star. Image Source: Flickr User Satbir

A group of prominent jurists and scholars at an event yesterday said torture in police custody should be criminalised in the Bangladeshi legislation for ensuring justice for victims.

They gave the view after listening to the experiences of relatives of a survivor and of two victims who died in police custody and of a survivor herself.

They were addressing an event titled “People’s Tribunal”, says a statement of the rights groups Odhikar and Asian Human Rights Commission. Odhikar in collaboration with the European Union organised the programme in the capital.

Among those who told stories of torture in police custody were brother of Shamim Reza, who died on May 22 after being tortured by Sonargaon police in Narayanganj; Moni Begum who survived torture in Sitakunda Police Station in Chittagong; and  brother of Rizvi Hasan who was tortured in Chittagong Central Jail but survived.

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