Torture is a serious violation of human rights and is strictly prohibited by international law. As the use of torture strikes at the very heart of civil and political freedoms, it was one of the first issues dealt with by the United Nations (UN) in its development of human rights standards. One of its earliest measures was to abolish corporal punishment in colonial territories in 1949. International law prohibits torture and other forms of inhuman and degrading treatment, which cannot be accepted under any circumstances.
Despite being stringently outlawed, torture continues to be practiced in a majority of countries around the world. A 2001 report by Amnesty International highlighted the use of torture by 140 states between 1997 and 2001, and found that every year thousands of perpetrators beat, rape and electrocute other human beings.
What is torture?
In the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment torture is defined as
“any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity”. (Article 1)
If anyone happens to have noticed such acts of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment,in West bengal… please write to us…we will look after the cases. Our contact details are given below..
Your letter/email should be addressed to:
The Joint Secretary
India’s Smile Trust,
EA-8, Deshbandhu Nagar,
You can also shoot us an email at this address, with a scanned copy of the victim’s statement duly signed by the victim and attested by the councillor.