‘George Floyds of India’: outrage mounts over police custody deaths

first_imgThe deaths of a father and son from alleged torture at the hands of police have sparked outrage across India, with many drawing parallels with the killing of George Floyd in the United States.Their case has thrown a new spotlight on police brutality just weeks after the killing of Floyd, an African-American man, by a white police officer in the US led to worldwide protests.J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31, were arrested on June 19 and accused of keeping their store open past permitted hours in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which has reimposed a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. They died in hospital a few days later, officials said, with their family alleging in written complaints that they were severely abused by police and had suffered rectal bleeding.Two policemen involved in the alleged torture were suspended, the state’s Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said.He added Sunday that the case would be transferred to federal agency the Central Bureau of Investigation, pending the approval of the Madras High Court.The deaths in the small town of Sathankulam triggered a protest last week and shopkeepers across Tamil Nadu staged a strike on Wednesday. “Reeling from what I’m hearing. Absolutely stunned, sad and angry… the guilty must not be allowed to go unpunished,” tweeted Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Saturday.”Let’s demand for the same justice we did for George Floyd,” said actress Krystle D’Souza.State politician, social activist and lawyer Jignesh Mevani wrote that the “George Floyds of India are far too many”.”Will Indians march on streets in thousands like in America?” he tweeted.Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the opposition Congress party, described it as a “tragedy when our protectors turn into oppressors”.Several reports by human rights groups in India have detailed cases of alleged torture of suspects in custody, with deaths often blamed by police on suicide or natural causes.According to the National Human Rights Commission, 3,146 people died in police and judicial custody in 2017-18.”Custodial violence and torture is so rampant in India that it has become almost routine,” it said in a report. “It represents the worst form of excesses by public servants entrusted with the duty of law enforcement.”Convictions in such cases are extremely rare, according to activists.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dominicans urged to adopt bird conservation practices

first_img Tweet 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominicans urged to adopt bird conservation practices by: – April 26, 2012center_img Share Share Agriculture Minister Matthew Walter has called on residence to adopt conservation practices to protect the countries birds. He was addressing the start of activities to mark the 11th edition of the Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival 2012.The event which runs from April 23-to May 22nd is being observed under the theme “Connecting People to Bird Conservation”. Walter wants Dominica to raise the level of awareness on the importance of birds on the island. “This year’s theme aims to encourage everyone to engage in some aspect of bird conservation. It is easy to get involved in bird conservation and like anything; some of your most helpful action begins at home. Among the many simple actions which could greatly assist our feathery creatures include, putting up curtains over glass windows to help make them visible to birds, and hereby prevent bird collision with your windows,” he said.He has also admonished citizens to assist in protecting the birds from pets.“Keep cats indoors and dogs from straying. You can adopt the practice of using cloth grocery bags and reusable bottles; since birds that mistakably eat plastic trash can become ill or even die. Avoiding plastic bags and bottles also reduces plastic pollution and conserves resources”.Walter further noted that the public should also refrain from “selling wild caught birds as pets” as this practice is “illegal”.Several activities have been organized to mark this year’s observation of the Caribbean endemic bird’s festival. They include presentations on local birds and birding field trips with schools and Pre-Schools; Radio Quizzes on the island’s four radio stations; a television programme; live radio discussions on the subject of birds and the Festival on all four major local radio stations; interviews; a public lecture on the theme Connecting people to Bird Conservation, and this will be presented in partnership with the University of the West Indies Open Campus on 17th May; publishing of a newspaper article and a boat trip to Pointe des Foux on Dominica’s south coast to view colonies of nesting seabirds and roosting Yellow-crowned Night Herons on 19th May.The festival will climax with a Whistle Like a Bird Contest when Dominicans who can imitate the vocalization of birds will show off their talents and skills imitating the calls and songs of selected Dominican birds at the Alliance Française Auditorium on 22nd May. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more